Paca, William(pā`kə, păk`ə), 1740–99, political leader in the American Revolution, signer of the Declaration of Independence, b. near Abingdon, Md. A lawyer and Maryland legislator, he served (1774–79) in the Continental Congress. Paca was governor of Maryland from 1782 to 1785 and was also a judge of state courts and of a U.S. district court.
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Paca, William(1740–99) governor; born near Abingdon, Md. An Annapolis lawyer and Maryland legislator, he led opposition to the British poll tax in 1774. In the Continental Congress (1774–79), he signed the Declaration of Independence and paid for troops with his own money. As Maryland's governor (1782–85), he built Washington College (Maryland), becoming a federal district judge afterward (1789–99).
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