- Edward W. Hanson
Eustis, William (10 June 1753–06 February 1825), politician and diplomat, was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the son of Benjamin Eustis, a housewright, and Elizabeth Hill. Eustis graduated from Harvard in 1772 and then studied medicine with Joseph Warren of Boston. During the Revolution, he served as surgeon to Gridley’s and Knox’s artillery regiments and as a hospital surgeon. In 1782, while attached to the General Hospital at West Point, Eustis was among the coterie of disgruntled officers who petitioned Congress over the financial plight of the army. General Washington was able to mollify the discontent with his Newburgh Address and prevented the budding rebellion among his officers. From this officer corps at West Point and Newburgh developed the Society of Cincinnati, which Eustis called a “band of friends and brothers.” He served as vice president of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati from 1786 to 1810 and again in 1820....