Hewes, Joseph(hyo͞oz), 1730–79, political leader in the American Revolution, signer of the Declaration of Independence, b. Kingston, N.J. He moved (1760) to Edenton, N.C., and became a wealthy merchant and shipper. As a member of the Continental Congress (1774–77), Hewes helped establish the American navy and obtained a commission for John Paul JonesJones, John Paul,
1747–92, American naval hero, b. near Kirkcudbright, Scotland. His name was originally simply John Paul. Early Life
John Paul went to sea when he was 12, and his youth was adventure-filled.
..... Click the link for more information. in 1775. Reelected to Congress in 1779 he died during the session.