William Whipple

The same age as his comrade Josiah Bartlett, 46, at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, William Whipple, born in Maine, lived a colorful life as sea captain, army general, and member of Congress. Oldest of five children, Whipple went to sea at a young age and was captain of a merchant ship throughout his twenties. Retiring at age 29 with significant wealth, he went into the mercantile business with his brother, enhanced his prosperity and married his cousin Catherine Moffat.