political biographies – Clinch, Peter
Clinch, Peter (Capt.)
Born 1753 in Ireland. Son of
Educated at Trinity College, Dublin.
Emigrated to America before the Revolutionary War. Gazetted Lieut. and Adjutant of the Royal Fencible Americans, May 15, 1776, and saw much service. At the close of the War he was Captain in the King’s N.B. Regt.
Emigrated to N.B. and settled at St. George, Charlotte Co., where he was granted a large tract of land, and may be considered a pioneer of that place. Took an active interest in public affairs, became a Magistrate, and a very influential man. Organized a Company of Voluntary Militia.
First elected to the House of Assembly, as one of the members for Charlotte Co., at the first G.E. of the new province, Oct. 1785. Re-elected at the G.E. of 1792, and sat until the dissolution of Parliament in 1795 when he retired.
He died, July 31st, 1816, at St. George, N.B., aged 63 years. His wife, Lucretia, predeceased him, dying July 30th, 1816, aged 43 years. They were buried in the Church of England churchyard in that place. A neat, marble slab marks their resting place.
1. Son: Patrick Clinch
MC1156 – Graves Papers