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Josiah Quincy

congressman , college president

Josiah Quincy, American congressman, college president. member Massachusetts Senate, 1804-1805, 13-20; member United States House of Representatives (Federalist) from Massachusetts, 9th-12th congresses, 1805-1813, minority leader, opposed Embargo and non-intercourse system; member Massachusetts House of Representatives, 1821-1822, speaker, 1822.

Background

Quincy, Josiah was born on February 4, 1772 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Josiah, Junior and Abigail (Phillips) Quincy.

Education

Graduated from Harvard, 1790. Master of Arts, Princeton, 1796.

Career

Admitted to Boston bar, 1793. Member Massachusetts Senate, 1804-1805, 13-20. Member United States House of Representatives (Federalist) from Massachusetts, 9th-12th congresses, 1805-1813, minority leader, opposed Embargo and non-intercourse system.

Opposed admission of Louisiana to Union, 1811. Member Massachusetts House of Representatives, 1821-1822, speaker, 1822. Judge Boston Municipal Court, 1822.

Mayor Boston, 1823-1829, during his administration Faneuil Hall Market was built, water and sewer systems introduced, fire department reorganized. President Harvard, 1829-1845. Author: The History of Harvard University, 1840.

A Municipal History of the Town and City of Boston, 1852.

Works

  • Author: The History of Harvard University, 1840. A Municipal History of the Town and City of Boston, 1852.

Membership

Member Massachusetts Senate, 1804-1805, 13-20. Member United States House of Representatives (Federalist) from Massachusetts, 9th-12th congresses, 1805-1813, minority leader, opposed Embargo and non-intercourse system. Member Massachusetts House of Representatives, 1821-1822, speaker, 1822.

Connections

Married Eliza Susan Morton, June 6, 1797, 5 children.

father:
Josiah Quincy

mother:
Abigail (Phillips) Quincy

spouse:
Eliza Susan Morton