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Not all of these Presidents were luminary figures.  Then as now some were better than others and one of those who is distinctly in the bronze medal league was the fifth in line Thomas Mifflin[i] a fourth generation Pennsylvanian Quaker who was a businessman turned politician.  He was Washington’s Quartermaster and this and his appointment to Major caused his expulsion from his Quaker faith as Quakers do not hold with taking part in wars.  Eventually he reached the rank of Major-General.  This elevation seems to have been the limit of his effective advancement.  His office as President 1783 to June 1784 was one where he made no great impression beyond signing the ratification of the Treaty of Paris.  Subsequently he was chosen to take part in the Constitutional Convention where he attended, but did not speak, and, once again, made no significant contribution.  After this time his lavish spending rather got the better of him and he died in poverty in 1800 aged 56.  His home state picked up the larger part of his funeral costs.

He has no notable descendents but does have a large number of places named after him, Mifflinburg, Mifflintown, Mifflin etc.


[i] http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/B/miflin/mifli.htm

Copyright David Macadam 2010

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