BARTLETT, Josiah, (father of Josiah Bartlett, Jr.),
a Delegate from New Hampshire; born in Amesbury, Mass., November 21,
1729; attended the public schools; studied medicine, and commenced practice in
Kingston, N.H., in 1750; was medical agent to Gen. John Stark at Bennington;
member of the colonial legislature of New Hampshire 1765-1775; Member of the
Continental Congress in 1775, 1776 and 1778; signer of the Articles of
Confederation and second signer of the Declaration of Independence; chief
justice of the court of common pleas in 1778; became justice of the superior
court in 1784 and chief justice in 1788; member of the convention which framed
the Federal Constitution in 1787; in 1789 was elected to the United States
Senate from New Hampshire, but declined, and at the same time resigned as chief
justice; Governor of the State of New Hampshire 1790-1794; member of the
constitutional convention of 1792 which changed the title from president to
that of Governor; retired in 1794; died in Kingston, N.H., May 19, 1795;
interment in the Plains Cemetery, in rear of the Universalist Church.
The Papers of Josiah Bartlett. Edited by Frank C. Mevers.
Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, 1979.