Impressive Document Signed “James Bowdoin” Governor
JAMES BOWDOIN (1726-1790). Member of the Continental Congress; 2nd Governor of Massachusetts (1785-1786), a Founder and the First President of the American Academy of Arts and Science.
December 1, 1785-Dated, Partial (bottom portion) Manuscript Document Signed, “James Bowdoin” as Governor, measures 8” x 1”, Very Fine. Document is countersigned by John Avery as Secretary. Includes a portrait and biographical information. Bowdoin signs just six months after taking office as Massachusetts 2nd Governor.
James Bowdoin (1727-1790) was a wealthy merchant who carried on scientific correspondence with Benjamin Franklin, including experiments on phosphorescence of the sea, under certain conditions. He was elected to the Continental Congress in 1774, and in 1775 became president of the Massachusetts Council.
2nd Governor of Massachusetts from 1785-86, but was defeated after Shays Rebellion was suppressed in early 1787. He was also a founder and the first president of the American Academy of Arts and Science.
William Shepard (1737-1817) began his military career in the Provincial Army during the French and Indian War, serving under Jeffrey Amherst. He became a Lt. Colonel during the American Revolution and was commissioned a Colonel of the 4th Mass. Regiment on October 6, 1776. He fought in 22 engagements during the war, and later helped negotiate with the Penobscot Indians and the Six Nations Indians. Afterwards, he served as a Federalist in the U.S. Congress from 1797-1803.