Declaration Signer Josiah Bartlett Superb Signature
Fantastic Josiah Bartlett Signature on single page autograph document as a accounting for payments made. 7" x 11.75". Although several dates appear on the document, the date alongside Bartlett's signature which is found within the body of the paragraph is "August 5, 1765". Bartlett signed within the paragraph as "Josiah Bartlett paid Ebenz White for Jonathan Young in cash 3 Dollars …". Lightly toned with expected folds.
Josiah Bartlett was born at Amesbury, Massachusetts, in November, 1729. He studied medicine, and practiced as a physician at Kingston, in New Hampshire. He became involved in politics and was elected a member of the Colonial Legislature. He was noted as a principled legislator, not susceptible to pressure from the Royal Governor, and as an active advocate against British oppression. He was a member of a Committee of Safety, and served as commander of a militia regiment in 1775. In that year he was also elected to represent New Hampshire in the Continental Congress. He voted for independence, and was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence, after John Hancock. He continued to serve in 1777 and participated in the ratification of the Articles of Confederation. He later filled the offices of Judge of Common Pleas and of the Supreme Court of his state, and joined the federal Constitutional Convention in 1787. He was elected president, and then governor, of New Hampshire. He died May 19, 1795.
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