Charles Humphreys

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Charles Humphreys (September 19, 1714 – March 11, 1786) was a miller and statesman from Haverford, Pennsylvania.

The son of Daniel and Hannah (née Wynne; daughter of Dr. Thomas Wynne) Humphreys, he served as a delegate for Pennsylvania to the Continental Congress from 1774-76. He was a signatory to the Continental Association, however he voted against the Declaration of Independence, since he believed it would inevitably escalate the Revolutionary War and that conflicted with his Quaker beliefs. He withdrew from the Congress soon afterwards.[1] Despite not taking part in the Revolutionary War, his sympathies were with the patriotic cause and he criticized what he thought was British oppression. Humphreys became the owner of a grist and fulling mill in 1782. He died in Haverford in 1786.[2]


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  1. ^ Humphreys' biography at the U.S. Congress website, bioguide.congress.gov; accessed March 26, 2015.
  2. ^ Ashmead, Henry Graham (1884). History of Delaware County. Philadelphia: L.H. Everts & Co. p. 569. Retrieved 3 July 2017.