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Josiah QUINCY

(1772-1864)

QUINCY, Josiah, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Boston, Mass., February 4, 1772; attended Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., and was graduated from Harvard University in 1790; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1793 and commenced the practice of his profession in Boston; unsuccessful candidate for election to the Seventh and Eighth Congresses, served in the State senate in 1804 and 1805; elected as a Federalist to the Ninth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1805-March 3, 1813); was not a candidate for renomination in 1812 to the Thirteenth Congress; again served in the State senate 1813-1820; member of the State house of representatives in 1821 and 1822, serving the last year as speaker; delegate to the Massachusetts State Constitutional convention in 1820; judge of the Boston municipal court in 1822; mayor of Boston 1823-1829; president of Harvard University from 1829 to 1845; died in Quincy, Norfolk County, Mass., on July 1, 1864; interment in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Mass.

Bibliography

McCaughey, Robert A. Josiah Quincy, 1772-1864, the Last Federalist. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1974; Quincy, Josiah. Memoir of the Life of Josiah Quincy. 1825. Reprint, New York: DaCapo Press, 1971.

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

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