Robert Treat Paine

Robert Treat Paine

Male 1731 - 1814  (83 years)    Has more than 100 ancestors and 8 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Robert Treat Paine 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 11 Mar 1731  Boston, Suffolk, MA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 11 May 1814  Boston, Suffolk, MA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Granary Burying Ground, Boston, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I682569  Geneagraphie
    Links To This person is also Robert Treat Paine at Wikipedia 
    Last Modified 18 Oct 2010 

    Father Rev. Thomas Paine,   b. 1694,   d. 1757  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother Eunice Treat 
    Family ID F682393  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Cobb,   b. 15 May 1744,   d. 06 Jun 1816  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 1770 
    Children 
     1. Robert Paine,   b. 1770,   d. 28 Jul 1798  (Age 28 years)
     2. Sally Paine,   b. 1772,   d. 26 Jan 1823  (Age 51 years)
     3. Thomas Paine,   b. 1773,   d. 13 Nov 1811  (Age 38 years)
     4. Charles Paine,   b. 1775,   d. 15 Feb 1810  (Age 35 years)
     5. Henry Paine,   b. 1777,   d. 08 Jun 1814  (Age 37 years)
     6. Mary Paine,   b. 1780,   d. 27 Feb 1842  (Age 62 years)
     7. Maria Antoinette Paine,   b. 1782,   d. 26 Mar 1842  (Age 60 years)
     8. Lucretia Paine,   b. 1785,   d. 27 Aug 1823  (Age 38 years)
    Last Modified 18 Oct 2010 
    Family ID F682395  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Mar 1731 - Boston, Suffolk, MA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 May 1814 - Boston, Suffolk, MA, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • signer of the Declaration of Independence as a representative of Massachusetts.
      Paine attended the Boston Latin School, and at the early age of fourteen, he became a member of Harvard College from which institution he graduated from in 1749 at age 18. He then was engaged in teaching school for several years at Lunenburg, Massachusetts before yielding to family tradition and entering the ministry. Previous to his commencing the study of law, he devoted some time to the subject of theology. He began the study of law in 1756 and he was admitted to the bar in 1757 being qualified for the practice of law. He first established his law practice at Portland (then part of Massachusetts but now in Maine), and later in Taunton, Massachusetts, where he resided for many years.

      In 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 of March 5, 1770; John Adams was opposing counsel. Although Paine was a great orator, Adam's "appeal for justice" won the judge's sway, and most of the troops were let off.

      He served in the Massachusetts General Court from 1773 to 1774, in the Provincial Congress from 1774 to 1775, and represented Massachusetts at the Continental Congress from 1774 through 1778. In Congress, he signed the final appeal to the king (the Olive Branch Petition of 1775), and helped frame the rules of debate and acquire gunpowder for the coming war.

      He was speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1777, a member of the executive council in 1779, a member of the committee that drafted the constitution of 1780, Massachusetts Attorney General from 1777 to 1790 and a justice of the state supreme court from 1790 to 1804 when he retired. When he died at the age of 83 in 1814 he was buried in the Granary Burying Ground in Boston, Massachusetts. A statue to commemorate him was erected in the Church Green area of Taunton.

      Robert Treat Paine was a Congregationalist and a devout Christian. He worked as a full-time Congregationalist clergyman, among other occupations, prior to signing the Declaration of Independence. Later he left Congregationalism and Calvinism and embraced Unitarianism, which during that era was an alternative denomination within Protestant Christianity


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