William Barton was born in Philadelphia, in the Province of Pennsylvania back in 1754 to Thomas and Esther. He grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with the outbreak of the American War of Independence he went to England to study heraldry. He returned to Pennsylvania in 1779 where he was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
In 1787, William was elected to Benjamin Franklin’s American Philosophical Society. By 1800, William had moved back to Lancaster. In 1813, he published Memoirs of the life of David Rittenhouse. He was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1814. He died in Lancaster in 1817.
What you may not know about William is that not only was he a lawyer and scholar he along with Charles Thompson, designed the Great Seal of the United States.
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