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Paine, Robert Treat

Born: 1731 AD
Died: 1814 AD, at 83 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Lawyers, Political Leader, Politician


1731 - Robert Treat Paine, born on the 11th of March in Boston. He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence as a representative of Massachusetts.

1749 - He graduated from Harvard College, then taught school and studied theology.

1757 - He returned home and was admitted to the bar of Massachusetts.

1768 - He was a delegate to the provincial convention which was called to meet in Boston and conducted the prosecution of Captain Thomas Preston and his British soldiers following the Boston Massacre.

1773 - 1774 - He served in the Massachusetts General Court.

1774 - 1775 - Served in the Provincial Congress.

1774 - 1778 - He served in the Continental Congress  and helped frame the rules of debate and acquire gunpowder for the coming war.

1775 - He signed the final appeal to the king (the Olive Branch Petition).

1776 - Represented Massachusetts at the Continental Congress.

1777 - He was speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

1777 - 1790 - Massachusetts Attorney General.

1779 - A member of the executive council.

1780 - Member of the committee which drafted the constitution.

1790 - 1804 - Justice of the state supreme court.

1814 - He died on the 11th of May at the age of 83, he was buried in the Granary Burying Ground in Boston.


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