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Josiah Quincy

Josiah Quincy
Josiah Quincy (1772-1864) was a Congressman, judge of the Massachusetts municipal court, state representative, mayor of Boston and president of Harvard College. As Mayor he played a central role in making Boston a modern city.

Quincy's parents were Abigail Phillips and patriot leader Josiah Quincy, who died in 1775 returning from a diplomatic visit to Britain. He was a descendant of generations of judges, elected representatives and militia officers—leaders who since the 1630s had dominated Braintree township, south of Boston. Nephew too of loyalist Samuel Quincy, solicitor-general of the colony's last imperial government, Josiah was born into New England's untitled aristocracy, entering the world, as John Adams remarked, "with every advantage of family, fortune and education." More


By Anthony Mann


Anthony Mann
Anthony Mann was educated at Longcroft School, Beverley and at the universities of Warwick, Manchester and Keele in the United Kingdom. His doctorate The Brahmins and Britain: the significance of British models in the forming of the upper-class of Boston, Massachusetts, 1780-1840 was awarded by the University of Keele in 2000.   More


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