William Paca was born October 31, 1740, in Wye Hall, Maryland. That is in Queen Annes County. William Paca signed the Declaration of Independence. He made sure that the Declaration included a Bill of Rights to protect individual freedoms. William Paca was a Governor of Maryland from 1782 to 1784. He gave his time and money to help outfit the American Troops. He studied law and became a lawyer. He helped found Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. He married Mary Chew and after her death he married Anne Harrison.