William Paca

Some historians see William Paca as primarily a wealthy lovable rogue. He certainly was wealthy, another lawyer, born to a family of substantial means. He was lovable though more quiet than boisterous. And he hung out with young men of his ilk and pulled some memorable patriotic pranks. His colleague in the Continental Congress Benjamin Rush commented on Paca that he was a “good-tempered worthy man with a sound understanding that he was too indolent to exercise. And hence his reputation in public life was less than his talents.”