COBB, David

1748–1830

Biography

COBB, David, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Attleboro, Mass., September 14, 1748; was graduated from Harvard College in 1766; studied medicine in Boston and afterward practiced in Taunton, Mass.; member of the Provincial Congress in 1775; lieutenant colonel of Jackson's regiment in 1777 and 1778, serving in Rhode Island and New Jersey; was aide-de-camp on the staff of General Washington; appointed major general of militia in 1786 and rendered conspicuous service during Shays' Rebellion; judge of the Bristol County court of common pleas 1784-1796; member of the State house of representatives 1789-1793 and served as speaker; elected as a Pro-Administration candidate to the Third Congress (March 4, 1793-March 3, 1795); moved to the district of Maine in 1796 and engaged in agricultural pursuits; elected to the State senate of Massachusetts from the eastern district of Maine in 1802 and served as president; elected to the State council in 1808; Lieutenant Governor in 1809; member of the board of military defense in 1812; chief justice of the Hancock County court of common pleas; returned in 1817 to Taunton, Mass., where he died April 17, 1830; interment in Plain Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Massachusetts Historical Society

Boston, MA
Papers: 1708-1833, 6 boxes and 1 oversize folder. The papers of David Cobb primarily document his position as agent for William Bingham with respect to the latter's land interest in Maine. The papers relate to the settlement of and emigration to Maine, legal disputes, logging and the lumber trade, roads, lotteries, the development of Gouldsboro, Me. as a commercial port, the Kennebec River area, and David Cobb's supervision of the lands even after William Bingham's death. Also included are papers related to David Cobb's business partnership with John Richards in the firm of Cobb and Richards, his career as a Mass. politician from the district of Maine and U.S. representative from Massachusetts, and as a judge in Maine. Letters with David Cobb discuss state and national politics, state elections, and foreign relations. David Cobb's diaries document the Battle of Yorktown during the Revolution in which he was involved as aide-de-camp to George Washington, his trip to Philadelphia and work in Congress (1793-95); and trips between Gouldsboro and Boston. Correspondents include William Bingham, Alexander Baring (later the Baron of Ashburton), William Eustis, Henry Knox, Charles W. Hare, Henry Jackson, and members of the Cobb family. An unpublished guide is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Israel Keith Correspondence, 1786-1792, 1 folder. Correspondents include David Cobb.
Papers: In the Henry Knox Papers, 1719-1825, 65 boxes, 3 folders, and 1 oversize container. Correspondents include David Cobb.
Papers: In the Shays' Rebellion Papers, 1786-1787, 1 narrow box. Correspondents include David Cobb.

Indiana University
Lilly Library

Bloomington, IN
Papers: In the William Bingham Papers, 1752-1891, 1,703 items. Correspondents include David Cobb. An inventory is available in the repository and online.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Microfilm: 1708-1833, 3 microfilm reels. Papers of David Cobb, 1708-1833. Microfilm of originals from the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts

New York, NY
Papers: 1792, 1 item. A letter from David Cobb to General Jackson written on July 17, 1792.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Baylies, Francis. Some remarks on the life and character of General David Cobb, delivered at the Taunton Lyceum, July 2d, 1830. Albany: J. Munsell, 1864.

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