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David Redick

David Redick
9th Vice-President of Pennsylvania
In office
14 October 1788 – 5 November 1788
Preceded by Peter Muhlenberg
Succeeded by George Ross
Personal details
Born Ireland
Died 28 September 1805
Washington, Pennsylvania
Spouse(s) Miss Hoge
Residence Washington, Pennsylvania
Profession soldier, surveyor, lawyer, politician

David Redick (died 1805) was a Pennsylvania surveyor, lawyer, and politician.


Redick was born in Ireland, and after coming to America made his home for several years in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Redick was a veteran of the American Revolutionary War. He read law and was admitted to the bar in 1782.


He married the niece of business associate David Hoge. Redick and his wife had at least three children. A son became a lawyer and died at a young age. His daughter, Nancy, and her husband inherited the Redick home in Washington and lived there until their own deaths. Another daughter married and settled in Louisville, Kentucky.[1]


Redick accompanied Hoge (c. 1780) to survey the latter's land holdings in the Chartiers Valley, in western Pennsylvania. Under Hoge's direction he platted the town of Bassett Town, which was soon renamed Washington, Pennsylvania. At that time, Washington County was in the process of being established, and Hoge apparently wanted to establish a town that could serve as the new county's center of government. Redick purchased a lot on the town's main street and lived there until his death.

Public service

Redick was elected to represent Washington County on the Governor or Lieutenant Governor. Although his time in office was brief he was the first state-wide officer from Pennsylvania's western frontier. All of the Presidents of Pennsylvania had been elected to Council from either the City or County of Philadelphia, and the other Vice-Presidents had represented counties of southeastern Pennsylvania, none farther west than York. The county Redick represented hadn't even existed when the Supreme Executive Council was established less than twelve years earlier.

Perhaps due to his abilities as a surveyor, in 1787 Redick was appointed an agent for the Commonwealth for communicating with the Governor of New York regarding Connecticut's claims to land in Pennsylvania. He was a member of Pennsylvania's 1790 Constitutional Convention and was a signer of the new charter. In 1791 he became prothonotary and clerk of courts of Washington County.

During his brief period as Vice-President of Pennsylvania Redick was an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.[2]

Whiskey Rebellion

Redick was involved in the President Washington and Alexander Hamilton in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in October 1794.[3][4]


David Redick died on 28 September 1805 in Washington, Pennsylvania. He was buried with Masonic honors.[1] His grave site is in the Old Washington Cemetery in downtown Washington.


  1. ^ a b c Crumrine, Boyd (1882). History of Washington County, Pennsylvania with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men (Philadelphia: Leverts).
  2. ^ Biography of David Redick at the University of Pennsylvania, accessed 22 April 2007.
  3. ^ Old St. Luke's history of the Whiskey Rebellion, accessed 22 April 2007.
  4. ^ Whiskey Rebellion Timeline, accessed 22 April 2007.
Political offices
Preceded by
General John Neville
Member, Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, representing Washington County
20 November 1786 – 3 December 1789
Succeeded by
Henry Taylor
Preceded by
Peter Muhlenberg
Vice-President of Pennsylvania
14 October 1788 – 5 November 1788
Succeeded by
George Ross
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