Robert Treat Paine


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Paine, ROBERT TREAT, a signer of the Declaration of Independence; born in Boston, March 11, 1731; graduated at Harvard University in 1749; taught school to help support his parents, and also made a voyage to Europe. He studied theology, and in 1758 was chaplain of provincial troops. Then he studied law, and practiced it in Taunton successfully for many years. He was the prosecuting attorney in the case of Captain Preston and his men after the Boston massacre. A delegate to the Provincial Congress in 1774, he was sent to the Continental Congress the same year, where he served until 1778. On the organization of the State of Massachusetts, he was made attorney-general, he having been one of the committee who drafted the constitution of that common-wealth. Mr. Paine settled in Boston in 1780, and was judge of the Massachusetts Supreme Court from 1790 to 1804. He died in Boston, May 11, 1814.



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