Tilghman, Tench(1744–86) soldier; born in Talbot County, Md. A Philadelphia merchant, he abandoned his business interests in 1776 to become a volunteer aide on George Washington's staff. Washington recognized Tilghman's contributions when he assigned him to carry news of Cornwallis' surrender to the Continental Congress (1781).
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