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Benjamin Austen

Benjamin Austen, American manufacturer, state legislator. member Massachusetts Senate from Boston, 1787, 89-94, 96; Club (encouraged popular riots and aroused bitter opposition of Federalists), 1794.

Background

  • Austen, Benjamin was born on November 18, 1752 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Waldo) Austen.

  • Career

    • Engaged in rope-making bus.

    Works

    • Author of series of pamphlets advocating legal reform, particularly abolition of lawyers (with court appointed referees) and simplification of legal code, 1786. Member Massachusetts Senate from Boston, 1787, 89-94, 96. Became leader of mob in local politics.

      An extreme anti-Federalist. Manager Harvard College lotteries. A leader Boston Constitutional Club (encouraged popular riots and aroused bitter opposition of Federalists), 1794.

      Lost influence in local politics after 1796. Published many newspaper articles supporting Republican cause. Appointed federal loan commissioner by President Jefferson, 1803.

    Membership

    Member Massachusetts Senate from Boston, 1787, 89-94, 96. Club (encouraged popular riots and aroused bitter opposition of Federalists), 1794.

    Connections

    • Married Jane Ivers, 1785, 1 son, Charles.
    • father: Benjamin Austen
    • mother: Elizabeth (Waldo) Austen
    • spouse: Jane Ivers
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    Born November 18, 1752
    Died March 4, 1820
    (aged 67)
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