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Josiah BARTLETT

(1729-1795)

BARTLETT, Josiah, (father of Josiah Bartlett, Jr., relative of Roscoe Bartlett), a Delegate from New Hampshire; born in Amesbury, Mass., November 21, 1729; attended the public schools; studied medicine, and commenced practice in Kingston, N.H., in 1750; was medical agent to Gen. John Stark at Bennington; member of the colonial legislature of New Hampshire 1765-1775; Member of the Continental Congress in 1775, 1776 and 1778; signer of the Articles of Confederation and second signer of the Declaration of Independence; chief justice of the court of common pleas in 1778; became justice of the superior court in 1784 and chief justice in 1788; member of the convention which framed the Federal Constitution in 1787; in 1789 was elected to the United States Senate from New Hampshire, but declined, and at the same time resigned as chief justice; Governor of the State of New Hampshire 1790-1794; member of the constitutional convention of 1792 which changed the title from president to that of Governor; retired in 1794; died in Kingston, N.H., May 19, 1795; interment in the Plains Cemetery, in rear of the Universalist Church.

Bibliography

Bartlett, Josiah. The Papers of Josiah Bartlett. Edited by Frank C. Mevers. Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, 1979.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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