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mong the many illustrious families from which he is descended, one goes back to a period of Medford's history when its members for many years occupied important positions in the civic and social life of the town.
In 1806, Hon. Timothy Bigelow, son of the distinguished Revolutionary patriot Col. Timothy Bigelow; made Medford his residence when he removed from Groton to Boston to open a law office, and here he remained till his death, May 18, 1821, aged 54.
His widow Lucy, daughter of Oliver Prescott, M. D., of Groton, survived him thirty-one years, dying December 15, 1852, aged 81 years, 9 months.
Mr. Bigelow was an able lawyer, the first in our town, which he served as its Representative in the General Court for many years, and was a highly esteemed citizen.
He also served in the broader capacity of Speaker of the House for eleven years, eight of them being consecutive, —the longest term served by any one man. The life of one so estimable and useful to his fellowmen ought to b