- William Pencak
Bartlett, Joseph (10 June 1762–20 October 1827), lawyer, politician, and writer, was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the son of Sylvanus Bartlett and Martha Wait, whose occupations are unknown. A brilliant graduate of Harvard, class of 1782, he was one of three original members of the college’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter. After graduation he briefly studied law and taught school in Salem before moving to London in 1783. From then until 1786 Bartlett’s life in the British Isles was turbulent. He quickly became famous in society by shouting out from the audience at an anti-American play written by British general ...