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Nathaniel Freeman

jurist , physician

Nathaniel Freeman, American jurist, physician. member Sandwich Committee of Correspondence; member Massachusetts Legislature, 1778-1780.


Freeman, Nathaniel was born on March 28, 1741 in Dennis, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Edmund and Martha (Otis) Freeman.


Studied medicine under Doctor Cobb, Thompson, Connecticut. Studied law under James Otis, Senior (his great-uncle), Sandwich, Massachusetts, 1765.


20 children including Frederick, Nathaniel. Practiced medicine, Sandwich, 1765-1804. Also practiced law; favored colonial cause during American Revolution.

Member Sandwich Committee of Correspondence. Delegate from Sandwich to Watertown Provincial Congress, 1775. Appointed lieutenant colonel, then colonel 1st Barnstable (Massachusetts) Regiment.

Negotiated with Penobscot Indians, served in expedition against British in Rhode Island. Member Massachusetts Legislature, 1778-1780. Employed by General George Washington on mission to West Point, 1779.

Resigned as brigadier general from Massachusetts Militia, 1793. Chief justice Massachusetts Court of Common Pleas. A founder Sandwich Academy Author: Charge to the Grand Jury…at Barnstable, 1802.


  • Author: Charge to the Grand Jury…at Barnstable, 1802.


Member Sandwich Committee of Correspondence. Member Massachusetts Legislature, 1778-1780.


Married Tryphosa Colton, May 5, 1763. Married second, Elizabeth Gifford, April.

Edmund Freeman

Martha (Otis) Freeman

Tryphosa Colton

Elizabeth Gifford