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Deane was drawn into a major political row over his actions in Paris, and subsequently endorsed Loyalist criticisms of American independence and lived on a modest charity provided him in London. Deane later lived in the Dutch Republic and Great Britain.
Upon attending a naval voyage back to America, Deane died under suspicious circumstances. He graduated from Yale in and in was admitted to the bar, he practiced law for a short time outside of Hartford before he became a merchant in Wethersfield, Connecticut.
In Connecticut he taught the future double-spy Edward Bancroft.
Subsequently he became, with Benjamin Franklin and Arthur Lee, one of the regularly accredited commissioners to France from Congress. With the assistance of the playwright and outspoken support of American independence, Beaumarchais, Deane organised shipment of many shiploads of arms and munitions of war to America helping finance the Battle of Saratoga.
Many of these officers soon made themselves unpopular once they reached America for a variety of reasons. As Deane had signed the contracts hiring them, he was given the blame by politicians in Philadelphia.
Before returning to America, however, he signed on February 6, the treaties of amity and commerce and of alliance with France, which he and the other commissioners had successfully negotiated. In America, Deane was defended by John Jay and John Adams in in a long and bitter dispute before Congress, whose requests for copies of his receipts and disbursements were refused by France; since France had not officially made alliance with the Thirteen Colonies until February 6,they felt that any such evidence of their prior involvement would be a diplomatic embarrassment.
Deane in turn then agitated for a diplomatic break with France and questioned the integrity of members of Congress who disagreed with him. Deane married twice, both wealthy widows from Wethersfield; Mehitable Webb in who died inand Elizabeth Saltonstall Evards in His second wife was a granddaughter of Connecticut Governor Gurdon Saltonstall of the Massachusetts Saltonstall family.
He mysteriously took ill and died on September 23 of that year, while his ship waited repairs. Some historians argue that he was poisoned by Edward Bancroft, an American double agent with the British who had been employed by both John Adams and Silas Deane for gathering intelligence during the Revolutionary War.
Bancroft may have felt threatened by a potential testimony from Deane to the American Congress. However, this event took place fifty years after his death.
His grand mansion, completed inwas declared a National Historical Landmark and restored, and is open for public viewing as the Silas Deane House. There is a road in Ledyard, Connecticut named for Silas Deane.
A dance, known as the Silas Waltz, became popular in the late 19th century, is speculated to be invented by Deane.Silas Deane (January 4, [O.S. December 24, ] – September 23, ) was an American merchant, politician, and diplomat, and a supporter of American independence.
Deane served as a delegate to the Continental Congress, then as the first foreign diplomat from the United States to France. Silas Deane, son of a poor blacksmith, was an ambitious man.
After his first wife died, Deane married the granddaughter of the former governor of Connecticut. A thriving businessman, Deane entered politics.
Sep 05, · On March 1, , the Committee of Secret Correspondence appointed Silas Deane, a former delegate to the Continental Congress, as its agent in France.
He was instructed to pose as a Bermudian merchant dealing in Indian goods. Silas Deane (December 24, – September 23, ) was an American merchant, politician and diplomat. Originally a supporter of American independence Deane served as a delegate to the Continental Congress and then as the United States’ first foreign diplomat when he travelled to France to lobby the French government for aid.
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Leonard's, Deal, Kent, United Kingdom. In March of , the Committee of Secret Correspondence appointed Silas Deane, a former delegate to the Continental Congress, as its covert agent in France. Along with John Adams, Deane had been instrumental in the creation of America’s navy.
On March 3, Deane set sail for France with.