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BACON, John, (father of Ezekiel Bacon and grandfather of William Johnson Bacon), a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Canterbury, Conn., April 5, 1738; was graduated from Princeton College in 1765; studied theology; had charge of the Old South Church, Boston, from September 25, 1771, until dismissed February 8, 1775, owing to differences of opinion; located in Stockbridge; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; served on the committee of correspondence, inspection, and safety in 1777; member of the State constitutional convention in 1779 and 1780; member of the State house of representatives 1780, 1783, 1784, 1786, 1789-1791, and in 1793; member of the State senate 1781, 1782, 1794-1796, 1798, and 1803-1806, serving as president in 1806; elected as a Republican to the Seventh Congress (March 4, 1801-March 3, 1803); chairman, Committee on Elections (Seventh Congress); presiding judge of the court of common pleas; chief justice of the State supreme court in 1809; died in Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Mass., October 25, 1820; interment in Stockbridge Cemetery.

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External Research Collections

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

New York, NY
Papers: 1 letter (January 1, 1788) in the Van Schaack family collection. Finding aid in repository.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: November 5, 1805. 1 letter. Finding aid in repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Bacon, John. Illustrations illustrated: containing a brief reply to some part of the Illustrations, annexed to a piece, intituled [sic], Letters of friendship, etc. Hartford: Printed by Hudson & Goodwin, 1781.

------. A letter to the Reverend Joseph Huntington, D. D. Boston: Printed by N. Willis, 1782.

------. Letters of friendship to those clergymen who have lately renounced communion with the ministers and churches of Christ in general. With illustrations from recent examples. Hartford: Printed and sold by Hudson and Goodwin, M.DCC.LXXX.

------. Letters of gratitude to the Connecticut Pleader, the Reverend Joseph Huntington, D.D.: for his Letters of friendship, to a certain class of gentlemen, with illustrations from recent examples, by Impartialis. Hartford: Printed by Hudson and Goodwin, 1781.

------. A sermon preached September 29th, 1771; the next Lord's Day after he was installed [sic], and the Reverend Mr. John Hunt, A.M. ordained, colleague pastors of the South Church in Boston. Boston: Printed and sold by Kneeland and Adams, 1772.

------. The speeches of Mr. Bacon and Mr. Nicholson, in the national House of representatives, in defence [sic] of the bill received from the Seante [sic], entitled, "An act to repeal certain acts respecting the organization of the courts of the United States." Boston: Printed by Munroe & Francis, Half-court square, 1802.

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