Thornton, Matthew

Thornton, Matthew,

1714–1803, political leader in the American RevolutionAmerican Revolution,
1775–83, struggle by which the Thirteen Colonies on the Atlantic seaboard of North America won independence from Great Britain and became the United States. It is also called the American War of Independence.
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, signer of the Declaration of IndependenceDeclaration of Independence,
full and formal declaration adopted July 4, 1776, by representatives of the Thirteen Colonies in North America announcing the separation of those colonies from Great Britain and making them into the United States.
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, b. Ireland. Taken to America as a child, he studied medicine and in 1740 began practice at Londonderry, N.H. He served as an army surgeon in the French and Indian WarsFrench and Indian Wars,
1689–1763, the name given by American historians to the North American colonial wars between Great Britain and France in the late 17th and the 18th cent.
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 and held political posts in New Hampshire before and after his term in the Continental Congress (1776–77).


See biography by C. T. Adams (1903).

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High Honors: Bango Jugert, Alyssa Bourke, Tung Tram, Yuqi Zhou, seniors; Xinwen Hu, Amanda Smith, juniors; Michael Skrzek, Megan Thornton, Matthew Wilcox, sophomores; Ama Biney, Celeste Blodgett, Keziah Martey, Martin Myslinski, Kelsey Saucier, Christina Seymour, Emily Simoneau, Julia Simoneau, Thanh Vu, freshmen; Deanna Dipilato, Jenna Kovago, Huyen Nguyen, Grade 7
Dominic Thornton, Matthew Olley, Nicholas Colquhoun and David Douthwaite provided a platform for David Elwell to score.
Front: Grant Thornton, Matthew Tidmarsh, Sam Charnley, Sagar Adi, Oliver Hives, Jamie Colledge.
New Hampshire Bartlett, Josiah Thornton, Matthew Whipple, William New Jersey Clark, Abraham Hart, John Hopkinson, Francis Stockton, Richard Witherspoon, John New York Floyd, William Lewis, Francis Livingston, Philip Morris, Lewis North Carolina Hewes, Joseph Hooper, William Penn, John Pennsylvania Clymer, George Franklin, Benjamin Morris, Robert Morton, John Ross, George Rush, Benjamin Smith, James Taylor, George Wilson, James Rhode Island Ellery, William Hopkins, Stephen South Carolina Heyward, Thomas, Jr.
After the restart some big hitting tackles from forwards Dominic Thornton, Matthew Olley and Devon Douthwaite allowed David Elwell to run in Billingham's first try.
Back row (from left): Viven Shah, Craig Thompson (coach), Leigh Oxley, Tom Yardley, Jamie Phillips, Grant Thornton, Matthew Tidmarsh, Joe Maxwell, Adil Hussain, Sam Green, Jamie Colledge, Oliver Hives, Christy Hernon, Josh Soesan, Ryan Davies, Waqar Afzal, Paul Horgan (coach), Lee Hopkins (coach).
The picture shows the following squad players: (back, from left) Grant Thornton, Matthew Tidmarsh, Jonathan Sanders, Josh Soesan, Joe Maxwell, Adil Hussain, Sagar Adi.