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John Bacon (Massachusetts politician)

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John Bacon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1801 – March 4, 1803
Preceded byTheodore Sedgwick
Succeeded byWilliam Eustis
President of the
Massachusetts State Senate
In office
1801–1803[1]
Personal details
Born(1738-04-05)April 5, 1738
Canterbury, Connecticut Colony, British America
DiedOctober 25, 1820(1820-10-25) (aged 82)
Stockbridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
Resting placeStockbridge Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Goldthwaite[1]
ChildrenEzekiel Bacon
Alma materPrinceton

John Bacon (April 5, 1738 – October 25, 1820) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts.

John Bacon was born in Canterbury in the Connecticut Colony on April 5, 1738. Upon graduating from Princeton College he spent some time preaching in Somerset County, Maryland. On September 25, 1771 he and Mr. John Hunt were appointed as colleague pastors over the Old South Church in Boston, Massachusetts.[2] Bacon ran into difficulties with his congregation over doctrinal issues and his preaching style, which was described as "argumentative... approaching the severe."[3] He was dismissed from the Old South Church on February 8, 1775.

Elizabeth Goldthwaite (Mrs. John Bacon), painted by John Singleton Copley, 1771.
Elizabeth Goldthwaite (Mrs. John Bacon), painted by John Singleton Copley, 1771.

After leaving the church Bacon moved to Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He was a charter member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[4] He served as a Magistrate, Representative, Associate and Presiding Judge of the Common Pleas, Member and President of the State Senate, and Member of Congress.[3]

Bacon married Elizabeth, the widow of Alexander Cumming and daughter of Ezekiel Goldthwait, Register of the Deeds for Suffolk County, and died in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, October 25, 1820. Bacon is interred in the Stockbridge Cemetery.

References

  1. ^ a b New England Historic Genealogical Society (1905), Memorial biographies of the New England Historic Genealogical Society Vol. 6, Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, p. 401.
  2. ^ Bridgeman, Thomas (1856), The Pilgrims of Boston and their Descendants, New York: D. Appleton and Company, p. 60, retrieved April 29, 2009
  3. ^ a b Bridgeman p. 60
  4. ^ "Charter of Incorporation". American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on January 3, 2011. Retrieved April 28, 2011.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Theodore Sedgwick
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 1st congressional district

1801–1803
Succeeded by
William Eustis


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