Was born in Roxbury in 1740; and was graduated at Harvard College in 1759. He directed his attention to medical pursuits, and became one of the most eminent physicians in Boston, . . . and was twice chosen public orator of the town. While many were wavering with regard to the measures which should be adopted, he contended, that every kind of taxation was a tyranny, and ought to be resisted, and he believed that America was able to withstand any force that could be sent against her. It was he, who, on the evening before the battle of Lexington, obtained information of the intended expedition against Concord, and at ten o'clock at night dispatched an express to Messrs. Hancock and Adams, who were at Lexington, to warn them of their danger. . . . It is said in General Heath's memoirs, that a ball took off part of his ear lock. After the departure of Hancock to congress he was chosen president of the provincial Congress in his place. He received the command as major general four days previous to the battle of Bunker's or Breed's hill. When the entrenchments were made on this fatal spot, to encourage the men within the lines he went down from Cambridge and joined them as a volunteer on the eventful day of the battle, eleventh of June. Just as the retreat commenced, a ball struck him on the head and he died in the trenches, aged 35 years. [P. 33.]
Historical Catalogue of the Paintings in the Philadelphia Museum consisting chiefly of Portraits of Revolutionary Patriots and other distinguished characters. 1813.