Josiah Bartlett

Burial Location Visited DoI Signer Grave #
Kingston, New Hampshire July 2, 2010 23rd Visited


On several occasions, my father and have had                             Though we had other places to go that
difficulties finding certain graves. Never have                               afternoon and were forced to move on,
we ended up in the completely wrong                                         we returned to the area the next day and
cemetery. That is, until we went to go visit                                  found the graveyard that holds Bartlett's
Josiah Bartlett's burial site.                                                         remains.


Having finally found Bartlett's grave, I pose                                                The slab that adorns Bartlett's
for some photographs.                                                                             grave. Evidently, it has been
                                                                                                             replaced since his death in May

*** Interesting Facts ***

* It seems as though many delegates to the Continental Congress had taken careers in either the field of law or medicine. This statement applies to Josiah Bartlett, who was a doctor. He began to study for his profession during his teenage years, and he eventually opened his own practice in Kingston, New Hampshire.

* A man who was trusted and respected by the townsfolk, Bartlett was made a member of the New Hampshire Legislature. At a later date, he was made the justice of the peace, and used this influence to voice his opinions about King George III, much to the chagrin of Royal Governor John Wentworth. Wentworth had appointed Bartlett to the position in order to prevent him from stirring up any more trouble.

* In the year of 1774, Bartlett found himself a member of the Committee of Correspondence, which was set up by the Assembly to coordinate correspondence between Great Britain an its North American colonies. He was elected to Congress in September of 1775, and was a lively participant in the body's debates.

* Bartlett's service in the Continental Congress continued until 1776, after he had signed the Declaration of Independence. He was re-elected in 1778, and put his signature on another important document, the Articles of Confederation. Soon after, he left Congress for the last time.

* Josiah Bartlett held several other important positions following his 1778 departure from the Continental Congress. Soon after, he was selected to be the chief justice of the Court of Common Pleas. Within a few years, he was appointed to the New Hampshire Supreme Court, becoming its head six years later. Bartlett was given the offer to be a U.S. senator, but he declined to take the office. From 1790 to 1794, he served as New Hampshire's governor, stepping down when his ill health became to much of a burden for him.

Spouse: Mary Bartlett (1734-1789)

Political Party:
Democratic-Republican Party

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