President of the Congress which declared American Independence, was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, in the year 1737. In 1760 he was chosen a member of the Assembly. In October, 1774, was unanimously elected President of the Provincial Congress, in which capacity he was the first to affix his signature to the Declaration of Independence. He resigned in 1777, and in 1780 was elected Governor of Massachusetts for four years successively and again from 1787 to 1793. He died suddenly on the 8th of October, 1793, in his 55th year. [P. 5.]
Catalogue of the National Portraits in Independence Hall: comprising many of those of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence and other distinguished persons connected with the early history of the efforts which resulted in the glorious Liberty we now enjoy. Philadelphia. 1856.