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Shearjashub Bourne

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Shearjashub Bourne
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts
In office
March 4, 1791 – March 3, 1795
Preceded byGeorge Partridge (5th)
Elbridge Gerry (3rd)
Succeeded by5th District eliminated until 1795
Samuel Lyman (3rd)
Constituency5th district (1791–93)
3rd district (1793–95)
Member of the Massachusetts
House of Representatives
In office
Member of the Massachusetts
House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1746-06-14)June 14, 1746
Barnstable, Province of Massachusetts Bay, British America
DiedMarch 11, 1806(1806-03-11) (aged 59)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyPro-Administration
Alma materHarvard College, 1764

Shearjashub Bourne (June 14, 1746 – March 11, 1806) was an American lawyer, jurist, and politician from Massachusetts who served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and United States House of Representatives.[1]

Bourne was born in Barnstable in the Province of Massachusetts Bay on June 14, 1746, the son of Timothy and Elizabeth Bourne.[2]

He graduated from Harvard University in 1764, studied law and became an attorney in Barnstable. He served in local office including justice of the peace.[2] Among the individuals who studied law with him and later embarked on their own legal careers was Lot Hall, who served as a Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court.[3]

From 1782 to 1785 and 1788 to 1790 he served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He was also a delegate to the Massachusetts convention which ratified the U.S. Constitution.[1]

Bourne represented Massachusetts in the United States House of Representatives from March 4, 1791, to March 3, 1795. He later served as Chief Justice of the Suffolk County, Massachusetts Court of Common Pleas. He died in Boston on March 11, 1806.[2]


  1. ^ a b "BOURNE, Shearjashub - Biographical Information".
  2. ^ a b c Congress, United States (2005). Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-2005: The Continental Congress. Government Printing Office. p. 684. ISBN 9780160731761.
  3. ^ Hall, Benjamin Homer (1858). History of Eastern Vermont: From Its Earliest Settlement to the Close of the Eighteenth Century. New York, NY: D. Appleton & Co. pp. 658–666.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 5th congressional district

March 4, 1791 – March 3, 1793
Succeeded by
District eliminated
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 3rd congressional district

(alongside Peleg Coffin, Jr. on a General ticket)
March 4, 1793 – March 3, 1795
Succeeded by
Legal offices
Preceded by
Justice of the Court of Common Pleas of Suffolk County
1799 - March 11, 1806
Succeeded by

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