of the American Antiquarian Society, and one of the founders of the Groton Academy
, and a member of many literary and scientific societies.
After an eventful and remarkable career, as a representative, senator
, and member of the executive council, occupying many positions of trust and honor; sustaining an eminent position at the bar and in politics, always maintaining an unspotted reputation for integrity, ability and honesty; distinguished for genius and beloved by his fellow-men, he died at his mansion in Medford
, May 18, 1821, at the age of fifty-four years.
's figure was tall, and courtesy graced his manners; his social spirit made his mansion the seat of hospitality, where were exhibited domestic virtues rendering his society as desirable as his public career was eminent.
A fluent speaker, earnest, eloquent and sound, he was well versed in his profession, enjoying the reputation of a good scholar and possessing the nobler merit of high moral and religious principles.
Having explored every branch of liberal science, he was peculiarly conversant with theology, and rested on the scripture truth as the basis of faith and the guide of practice.
With rare colloquial talents he freely poured forth the stores of diversified information and the treasures of retentive memory, enlivened by illustrative anecdotes and a vein of sparkling humor.
His eminence at the bar made his office a place of resort for students, and many distinguished men received their early instruction and impulse in his office.
The Massachusetts Centinel
of May 19, 1821, said of him: ‘Amply as this distinguished statesman and patriot filled his public offices, he was equally pre-eminent for the discharge of all the duties of a provident father, a kind husband, a hospitable neighbor, a liberal and enlightened Christian
, and last—not least—a constant and sincere friend.
He saw nothing in futurity to make a change to be dreaded.
Conscious as he must have been that his progress had been that of integrity, honor ’