William Vernon, American businessman (d. 1806) was born on January 17, 1719.

William Vernon, of Newport, Rhode Island, was a New England trader who played a leading role in the Continental Congress' maritime activities during the American Revolution. As president of the Eastern Navy Board during the Revolution, he was responsible for building and outfitting the ships of the Continental Navy.

William Vernon, American businessman (d. 1806) was born on January 17, 1719.

January 17, 1719

William Vernon, American businessman (d. 1806) was born on January 17, 1719.

William Vernon, of Newport, Rhode Island, was a New England trader who played a leading role in the Continental Congress' maritime activities during the American Revolution. As president of the Eastern Navy Board during the Revolution, he was responsible for building and outfitting the ships of the Continental Navy.