PAINE, Robert Treat, a Delegate from Massachusetts; born in Boston, Mass., March 11,
1731; attended the Boston Latin School and was graduated from Harvard College
in 1749; studied theology; was chaplain of troops on the northern frontier in
1755; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1757 and commenced practice in
Boston; moved to Taunton in 1761; delegate to the state convention at Boston in
1768; member of the colonial house of representatives in 1773; delegate to the
Provincial Congress in 1774 and 1775; Member of the Continental Congress
1774-1776; a signer of the Declaration of Independence; member of the state
house of representatives in 1777; attorney general of Massachusetts 1777-1790;
member of the governors council in 1779 and 1780; delegate to the
constitutional convention in 1779; moved to Boston in 1781; judge of the
Massachusetts supreme court 1790-1804; died in Boston, Mass., May 11, 1814;
interment in Granary Burial Ground, Boston, Suffolk County, Mass.
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