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Declaration of Independence Signers - Josiah Bartlett
September 16, 2011
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After taking a few months off, American History Fun Facts ezine is back! We hope that you all had a wonderful summer, and that you are enjoying cooler weather now that it's almost fall.
This year, we will be focusing on the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence . One of the main sources for this series will be the book For You They Signed, by Marilyn Boyer. This book offers short biographies of all 56 signers, and it's the perfect reference to use for this!
We'll start with...
Josiah Bartlett was born on November 21, 1729 in Amesbury, MA. He was determined from a young age to become a medical doctor. When he was old enough (age 16), he was sent to work as an apprentice for a local physician who was also a relative. When he was 21 years old, he had learned enough to become known as Dr. Bartlett.
Dr. Josiah Bartlett moved to Kingston, NH and started his own practice. He became involved in his community and was soon known as a local leader. During that time, he was elected as a Justice of the Peace, even though he had no formal legal training. He was known as someone who could be impartial in matters of the law. He was also appointed to be a commander of militia troops, by the royal governor.
In 1774, Bartlett was elected as a delegate to the First Continental Congress, but had to decline because his house had just been lost to fire, most likely due to the British. He was again elected in 1775, this time to the Second Continental Congress, ans he was able to accept this time.
Dr. Josiah Bartlett is thought to have been the second person to sign the Declaration of Independence text on August 2, 1776. John Hancock was the first.
Bartlett not only worked in Congress to build the American Navy during the Revolutionary War, he also treated wounded soldiers. During the Constitutional Convention, he supported the adoption of the new Constitution.
Fun Facts About Josiah Bartlett
Sources: "For You They Signed" by Marilyn Boyer; colonialhall.com
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