He was not made for a leader; he had not that kind of force, but left the race to those who coveted laurels.
He was a faithful member of the church, and all but revelled in spiritual disquisitions.
As a neighbor he was most friendly, as a critic most caustic, and as a wit most ready.’
He was a member of the House of Representatives from Plymouth
, and later from Medford
He was for many years moderator of town meetings, being from 1808 to the time of his death active in town affairs.
He died September 3, 1850, aged seventy-four years.
, a contemporary of Bartlett
, was a gentleman of distinguished and liberal acquirements.
, son of Jonathan and Phebe (Abbot
, was born in Medford
, November 13, 1791.
The story of his life is interesting, notable, elevating, and its closing chapter portrays to us some of the most brilliant and noble qualities of man.
He received his early education at the local schools, and entered the business of his father.
He had no taste for mercantile pursuits, however, and very early in life exhibited a fondness for books and study.
He therefore, when seventeen years old, prepared for college at a private school kept by Dr. John Hosmer
, and entered Harvard in 1810, from which he graduated with the highest honors in the class of 1814.
Many of his classmates became men of eminence, and, though he was a confirmed invalid for many years before his death, his home was the rendezvous of the eminent associates of his college and professional life.
His generous and manly bearing in the emulous contests of the literary arena won for him the esteem and friendship of his classmates, which continued to the close of his life and cheered the many long years of his feebleness and confinement.
He chose the law for a profession, and studied with Hon. Luther Lawrence
and Hon. Asahel Stearns
, both having been students in the office of Hon. Timothy