Josiah BARTLETT

Male 1729 - 1795  (~ 65 years)


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  • Name Josiah BARTLETT  [1, 2, 3
    Born Nov 1729  Amesbury, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Fact Chief Justice of Common Please Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Fact First Governor of the State Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Fact Delegate to the Congress at Yorktown Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Fact Justice of the Superior Court Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Fact Chosen Delegate to the Continental Congress Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Fact President of New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Fact Chief Justice Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Fact Re-Elected to the Continental Congress Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Fact Senator to Congress Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Fact Representative from Kingston, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 19 May 1795  Kingston, Massachusets Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Notes 
    • Josiah was a signer of the Declaration of Independence from New Hampshire; he was the first to vote for and the second after John Hancock to sign it.

      Studied medicine under Dr. Ordway of Amesbury
      Finished his medical education in 1750
      At 21 years of age, began the practice of medicine in Kingston, New Hampshire
      Was a member of the convention which adopted the Federal Constitution

      Excerpt from "Early New England People": After an imperfect medical education, he began the practie of medicine at Kingston, N.H., and soon became eminent by his success intreating a malignant throat disease which was fatal among children and very prevalent in the towns of New Hampshire. The method, hitherto, of treating this disease, was as higly phlogistic complaint, but he was led from his own reason and observation to manage it differently. He made use of the Peruvian bark as an antidote and preventative, and his practice was very successful. In 1765, and annually until the Revolution, he was chosen to the Legislature. He was a member of the committee of safety, upon whom devolved for a time the whole executive government of the State, and on the organization of government by a Provincial Congress, of which he was a member he was appointed a justice of the peace and Colonel of the 7th regiment. Being a delegate to Congress in 1775 and 1776, he was the first to give his vote for the Declaration of Independence, and its first signer after the President. He accompanied Gen. Start to Bennington, as agent of the State to provide medicines and other necessaries for the New Hampshire troops. He was again a delegate to Congress He was appointed Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pease in 1779, a Justice of the Superior Court in 1784, and Chief Justice in 1788. He was an active member of the convention called to adopt the Federal Constitution. He was for three years President of the State, and under the new Constitution, Governor. He was also President of the New Hampshire Medical Society, which he was chiefly instrumental in founding. He received an honorary degree of M.D., from Dartmouth College. He was always a patron of learning, and a friend to learned men. His son Josiah was a physician of extensive practice.
    Person ID I04079  Main Tree
    Last Modified 24 Aug 2012 

    Father Stephen BARTLETT,   b. 21 Apr 1691, Newbury, Essex Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1773  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Hannah WEBSTER,   b. 05 Oct 1692, Newbury, Essex Co., Mass. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1768  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 18 Dec 1712  Salisbury, Essex Co., Mass. Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    Family ID F04212  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Hannah WEBSTER,   d. 1789 
    Children 
     1. Josiah BARTLETT  [Birth]
     2. Levi BARTLETT  [Birth]
     3. Ezra BARTLETT  [Birth]
    Family ID F06413  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary BARTLETT,   b. 27 Dec 1730, Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F07664  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Nov 1729 - Amesbury, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFact - - First Governor of the State Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFact - - Delegate to the Congress at Yorktown Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFact - - Justice of the Superior Court Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFact - - Chief Justice Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 19 May 1795 - Kingston, Massachusets Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S02356] Genealogical Records of Descendants of John and Anthony Emery 1590-1890.

    2. [S01653] A Genealogical Register of the First Settlers of New England 1620-1675 by John Farmer.

    3. [S02197] Early New England People by Sarah Elizabeth Titcomb.

    4. [S02871] Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury Massachusetts, Vol. 1.