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Silas Deane (1737-1789) – Born in Connecticut, this man did so much to bring the colonies to nationhood during the years before, during and after the Revolutionary War.


John Adams (1735-1826) – Deane got to know Adams as a delegate to the Continental Congress where they shared an interest in creating a continental navy. Adams replaced Deane as commissioner to France. Adams went on to be president. Deane’s career ended in Paris.
George Washington (1735-1799) – Deane first admired Washington as a fellow delegate to Continental Congresses. Deane sent instructions to his wife about entertaining Washington at their mansion in Wethersfield. Washington led the Continental Army to victory over the British with the much-needed help of the French army (n.b. Treaties signed by Deane allowed for that military assistance.) Washington went on to be first American hero and president. Deane did not.




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