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Stephen HIGGINSON

(1743-1828)

HIGGINSON, Stephen, a Delegate from Massachusetts; born in Salem, Mass., November 28, 1743; attended the common schools; engaged in mercantile pursuits and was an active and successful shipmaster 1765-1775; served in the Massachusetts legislature, 1782; Member of the Continental Congress in 1783; naval officer at the port of Boston 1797-1808; prominent in putting down Shays’ Rebellion; served as lieutenant colonel of the Boston regiment; became a Federalist in politics; died in Boston, Mass., November 22, 1828; interment in Central Burying Ground.

Bibliography

Higginson, Thomas Wentworth. Life and Times of Stephen Higginson, Member of the Continental Congress (1783) and Author of the “Laco” Letters, Relating to John Hancock (1789) by Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1907; Higginson, Stephen. Letters of Stephen Higginson, 1783-1804. Washington, D. C.: Government Printing Office, 1897.

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

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