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Paine, Robert Treat

Born: 1731 AD
Died: 1814 AD

1731 – Robert Treat Paine, born on the 11th of March in Boston. He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence as a representative of Massachusetts.

1749 – He graduated from Harvard College, then taught school and studied theology.

1757 – He returned home and was admitted to the bar of Massachusetts.

1768 – He was a delegate to the provincial convention which was called to meet in Boston and conducted the prosecution of Captain Thomas Preston and his British soldiers following the Boston Massacre.

1773 – 1774 – He served in the Massachusetts General Court.

1774 – 1775 – Served in the Provincial Congress.

1774 – 1778 – He served in the Continental Congress  and helped frame the rules of debate and acquire gunpowder for the coming war.

1775 – He signed the final appeal to the king (the Olive Branch Petition).

1776 – Represented Massachusetts at the Continental Congress.

1777 – He was speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

1777 – 1790 – Massachusetts Attorney General.

1779 – A member of the executive council.

1780 – Member of the committee which drafted the constitution.

1790 – 1804 – Justice of the state supreme court.

1814 – He died on the 11th of May at the age of 83, he was buried in the Granary Burying Ground in Boston.