James Warren

James Warren

Birth
Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 28 Nov 1808 (aged 82)
Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot #A68
Memorial ID 9311855 · View Source
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Revolutionary War Continental Major General. He served in the Lower House of the Massachusetts General Court and the Provincial Congress (1766 to 1778), as President of the Provincial Congress (1778), Speaker of the House of Representatives in the General Court (1775 to 1776), and as Paymaster General of the Continental Army (1776 to 1781). The General Court appointed him a Major General in September 1776, for the campaign in Rhode Island, but he refused to serve under a junior officer, so he claimed an illness so he did not have to report for duty. Warren resigned his commission in 1777 from commanding troops in the field. He did remain the Paymaster General for the Army most of the war, having a close working relationship with General George Washington. A descendant of Mayflower passenger (1620), Richard Warren, he graduated from Harvard in 1745, and began his political career in 1757, upon the death of his father. He assumed the duties of Plymouth County Sheriff and was elected in his own right. He married the sister of the famous Revolutionary, James Otis, Mercy Otis in 1754. He suffered politically after the war by being political enemies with the powerful John Hancock. He also grew apart from the positions of John and Samuel Adams as the leaders began forming the new government. He and his wife Mercy, strongly believed many of the beliefs which were the roots of the revolution, were being lost as the leaders formalized the government. Hancock used his power to prevent Warren from being elected to office, including Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. Warren was 82 when he passed away in his hometown of Plymouth.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Warren (28 Sep 1726–28 Nov 1808), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9311855, citing Burial Hill, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .