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PAINE, Robert Treat

(1731—1814)


PAINE, Robert Treat, a Delegate from Massachusetts; born in Boston, Mass., March 11, 1731; attended the Boston Latin School and was graduated from Harvard College in 1749; studied theology; was chaplain of troops on the northern frontier in 1755; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1757 and commenced practice in Boston; moved to Taunton in 1761; delegate to the state convention at Boston in 1768; member of the colonial house of representatives in 1773; delegate to the Provincial Congress in 1774 and 1775; Member of the Continental Congress 1774-1776; a signer of the Declaration of Independence; member of the state house of representatives in 1777; attorney general of Massachusetts 1777-1790; member of the governor’s council in 1779 and 1780; delegate to the constitutional convention in 1779; moved to Boston in 1781; judge of the Massachusetts supreme court 1790-1804; died in Boston, Mass., May 11, 1814.


Bibliography

Paine, Robert Treat. The Papers of Robert Treat Paine . Edited by Stephen T. Riley and Edward W. Hanson. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1992.

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

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