Bartlett, Josiah

Bartlett, Josiah, 1729–95, political leader in the American Revolution, signer of the Declaration of Independence, b. Amesbury, Mass. He practiced medicine in Kingston, N.H., and was a delegate to the provincial assembly (1765–75) and the provincial congress (1775) before serving in the Continental Congress (1775–76; 1778). He returned to New Hampshire, held judicial posts, including the chief justiceship of New Hampshire (1788–90), advocated (1788) the adoption of the federal Constitution, and was chief executive of the state (1790–94). Bartlett, N.H., is named for him.

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