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Robert Treat Paine

Robert Treat Paine, American Continental congressman; jurist. member Massachusetts Provincial Assembly, 1773-1775, 77-78, speaker, 1777-1778; member Continental Congress, 1774-1778; member commission to prepare draft of Massachusetts Constitution, 1778; member Massachusetts Government's Council, 1779, 80.

Background

  • Paine, Robert Treat was born on March 11, 1731 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Thomas and Eunice (Treat) Paine.

  • Education

    • Graduated from Harvard, 1749.

    Career

    • Served as chaplain on the Crown Point Expedition during French and Indian War, 1755. Admitted to Massachusetts bar, 1757. Associate prosecuting attorney in “Boston Massacre” trial, 1768.

      Member Massachusetts Provincial Assembly, 1773-1775, 77-78, speaker, 1777-1778. Delegate to Provincial Congress, 1774, 75. Member Continental Congress, 1774-1778.

      Signer Declaration of Independence, 1776. Signed “Olive Branch” petition and declaration to King George III. Sent with commissioner to negotiate treaty with Indians of Upper New York.

      1st atty-general Massachusetts, 1777-1790. Member commission to prepare draft of Massachusetts Constitution, 1778. Member Massachusetts Government's Council, 1779, 80.

      A founder American Academy Arts and Sciences, 1780. Judge Massachusetts Supreme Court, 1790-1804. A counselor Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1804.

    Membership

    Member Massachusetts Provincial Assembly, 1773-1775, 77-78, speaker, 1777-1778. Member Continental Congress, 1774-1778. Member commission to prepare draft of Massachusetts Constitution, 1778.

    Member Massachusetts Government's Council, 1779, 80.

    Connections

    • Married Sally Cobb, March 15, 1770, 8 children including Robert Treat Paine.
    • father: Thomas Paine
    • mother: Eunice (Treat) Paine
    • spouse: Sally Cobb
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    Died May 12, 1814
    (aged 83)
    Nationality