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Thomas Cushing

Continental congressman

Thomas Cushing, American Continental congressman. member Massachusetts General Court, 1761-1774, speaker, 1766-1774; member Boston Committee Correspondence, 1773; member Mass Committee of Safety, also Provincial Congress of Massachusetts, 1774; member 1st, 2d Continental congresses, 1774-1776.

Background

Cushing, Thomas was born on March 24, 1725 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Thomas and Mary (Bromfield) Cushing.

Education

Graduated from Harvard, 1744, honorary Doctor of Laws, 1785 fellow, 1786-1788. Master of Arts (honorary), Yale, 1750.

Career

A prominent merchant, Boston. Member Massachusetts General Court, 1761-1774, speaker, 1766-1774. Member Boston Committee Correspondence, 1773.

Member Mass Committee of Safety, also Provincial Congress of Massachusetts, 1774. Member 1st, 2d Continental congresses, 1774-1776. Commissary general Massachusetts, 1775.

President New Haven Price Hartford Convention, 1780. A founder American Academy Arts and Sciences, 1780. Lieutenant governor Massachusetts, 1780-1788.

Membership

Member Massachusetts General Court, 1761-1774, speaker, 1766-1774. Member Boston Committee Correspondence, 1773. Member Mass Committee of Safety, also Provincial Congress of Massachusetts, 1774.

Member 1st, 2d Continental congresses, 1774-1776.

Connections

Married Deborah Fletcher, 1747.

father:
Thomas Cushing

mother:
Mary (Bromfield) Cushing

spouse:
Deborah Fletcher