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David COBB

(1748-1830)

COBB, David, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Attleboro, Mass., September 14, 1748; was graduated from Harvard College in 1766; studied medicine in Boston and afterward practiced in Taunton, Mass.; member of the Provincial Congress in 1775; lieutenant colonel of Jackson’s regiment in 1777 and 1778, serving in Rhode Island and New Jersey; was aide-de-camp on the staff of General Washington; appointed major general of militia in 1786 and rendered conspicuous service during Shays’ Rebellion; judge of the Bristol County court of common pleas 1784-1796; member of the State house of representatives 1789-1793 and served as speaker; elected as a Pro-Administration candidate to the Third Congress (March 4, 1793-March 3, 1795); moved to the district of Maine in 1796 and engaged in agricultural pursuits; elected to the State senate of Massachusetts from the eastern district of Maine in 1802 and served as president; elected to the State council in 1808; Lieutenant Governor in 1809; member of the board of military defense in 1812; chief justice of the Hancock County court of common pleas; returned in 1817 to Taunton, Mass., where he died April 17, 1830; interment in Plain Cemetery.

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

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