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Honorable Thomas CUSHING

Honorable Thomas CUSHING

Male 1725 - 1788  (62 years)

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  • Name Thomas CUSHING 
    Prefix Honorable 
    Born 24 Mar 1725  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    _AMTID 110112977587:1030:113090087 
    _UID 4F18908E4A6540B1B43996BA3F90F153752C 
    Died 28 Feb 1788  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I58126  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 29 Oct 2012 

    Father Thomas CUSHING,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Mary BROMFIELD,   b. 1689,   d. 1746  (Age 57 years) 
    Family ID F23700  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Deborah FLETCHER,   b. 1727,   d. 1790  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 1 Oct 1747 
    Children 
    +1. Edward CUSHING,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 26 May 2021 
    Family ID F23697  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 24 Mar 1725 - Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Feb 1788 - Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
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    Thomas Cushing.jpg

  • Notes 
    • An American lawyer, merchant, and statesman from Boston, Massachusetts. Active in Boston politics, he represented the city in the provincial assembly from 1761 to its dissolution in 1774, serving as the lower house's speaker for most of those years. Because of his role as speaker, his signature was affixed to many documents protesting British policies, leading officials in London to consider him a dangerous radical. He engaged in extended communications with Benjamin Franklin who at times lobbied on behalf of the legislature's interests in London, seeking ways to reduce the rising tensions of the American Revolution.
      Cushing represented Massachusetts in the First and Second Continental Congresses, but was voted out when he opposed independence. Despite this, he remained politically active after independence, continuing to serve in the state government. During the war he was a commissary responsible for provisioning the military, a position he used to enrich the family merchant business. He was elected the state's first Lieutenant Governor in 1780. Politically associated with fellow merchant and governor John Hancock, he remained lieutenant governor until his death in 1788, briefly serving as Acting Governor in 1785 between the resignation of Hancock and the election of James Bowdoin.