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On This Day 5/19/1795
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New Hampshire Patriot Josiah Bartlett dies


Josiah Bartlett,a New Hampshire Patriot and signatory of the "Declaration of Independence" who also served as the State's Governor and Supreme Court Chief Justice, dies. Over two hundred years later, writer Aaron Sorkin resurrected the name of Josiah Bartlett as a former New Hampshire Governor and current Democratic President of the United States, played by Martin Sheen, in an award winning television series, "The West Wing".

The historical Josiah Bartlett began life in Amesbury, Massachusetts in 1729 and and his career as a physician in Kingston, New Hampshire in 1750. Four years later, Josiah Bartlett married his cousin Mary Bartlett, already sharing his last name, and together they had eleven children.

All of their surviving sons and grandsons became physicians like their grandfather Josiah. By 1765,Josiah Bartlett became active in colonial politics, serving in the New Hampshire legislature from 1765 to 1775, when he became a member of the soon-to-be revolutionary Continental Congress. In 1776, Josiah Bartlett signed the "Declaration of Independence" immediately after John Hancock placed his famously large letters on the document.

Josiah Bartlett took part in all the critical stages of creating the new government of the United States, signing the "Articles of Confederation" and serving in the Philadelphia Convention to draft the federal Constitution. In 1789, Josiah Bartlet declined election as a member of the United States Senate and stepped down from his post as the Chief Justice of New Hampshire's Supreme Court.

The following year Josiah Bartlett was elected President of the State of New Hampshire. A subsequent convention, of which he was a member changed his title to Governor. Josiah Bartlett continued to serve in this capacity until 1794.



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Josiah Bartlett American Patriot
Signer of Declaration
Governor, New Hampshire
Supreme Court Chief Justice
Aaron Sorkin American author
Mary Bartlett Wife of Josiah
John Hancock American Patriot


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