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Otis, Jameslocked

(02 February 1725–23 May 1783)
  • William Pencak


Otis, James (02 February 1725–23 May 1783), politician, was born in West Barnstable, Massachusetts, the son of Colonel James Otis and Mary Allyne. James Otis, Sr., was the political “boss” of Barnstable County (Cape Cod), the colonel of its militia, and a longtime representative and leader of the Massachusetts General Court. James Otis, Jr., graduated from Harvard College in 1743, although he complained to his father of its “miserable, despicable, and arbitrary government.” He then studied law with the noted Boston lawyer ...

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