James Otis - (1725 - 1783)

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James Otis Biography


Near the northeast corner of the old Common of Boston a section of ground was put apart long before the beginning of the eighteenth century to be a burying ground for some of the heroic dead of the city of the Puritans. For some quaint reason or caprice this acre of God was called "The Granary" and is so called to this day. Perhaps the name was given because the dead were here, garnered as grain from the reaping until the bins be opened at the last day's threshing when the chaff shall be driven from the wheat.

Here the thoughtless throng looking through the iron railing may see the old weather-beaten and time-eaten slabs with their curious lettering which designate the spots where many of the men of the pre-revolutionary epoch were laid to their last repose. The word cemetery is from Greek and means the little place where I lie down.

In the Granary Burying Ground are the tombs of many whom history has gathered and recorded as her own. But history looks in vain among the blue-black
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James Otis Genealogy

Parents:
James Otis (1702 - 1778)
Mary Allyn Otis (1702 - 1774)

Spouse:
Ruth Cunningham Otis (____ - 1789)

Siblings:
Joseph Otis (1725 - 1810)
Mercy Otis Warren (1728 - 1814)
Samuel Allyne Otis (1740 - 1814)
Nathaniel Otis (1743 - 1743)


James Otis Tivia

James Otis was killed by a lightning strike
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Events in the life of James Otis

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1764 07/??   James Otis publishes "The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved."  [URL]
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Biography for James Otis (1725 - 1783)
Biography for James Otis
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James Otis the Pre-Revolutionist
Great Americans of History - James Otis the Pre-Revolutionist by John Clark Ridpath, LL.D.
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Against the Writs of Assistance 02-24-1761
James Otis Speech Against the Writs of Assistance - A speech by James Otis during hte trial know as the Paxtons case.
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The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved 1764 - February
The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved by James Otis
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American Revolution and War for Independence

This paper is dedicated to the history of American Revolution and the War for Independence. The primary purpose of the survey given here is to carry out an analysis of the events of the late 18th century in the British colonies in North America on the basis of vast historical material published in the United States. The process that took place before and during the 1776-1783 period when 13 British colonies' aspiration for independence broke out into the so-called War

Quotes by James Otis

Quote 786 details Share on Google+ - Quote 786 Linked In Share Button - Quote 786 The first principle and great end of government being to provide for the best good of all the people, this can be done only by a supreme legislative and executive ultimately in the people or whole community where GOD has placed it; but the inconveniences, not to say impossibility, attending the consultations and operations of a large body of people have made it necessary to transfer the power of the whole to a few. This necessity gave rise to deputation, proxy or a right of representation.

James Otis: Rights of the British Colonies Asserted an Proved - 1764
Quoted Document: The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved

Quote 787 details Share on Google+ - Quote 787 Linked In Share Button - Quote 787 If life, liberty, and property could be enjoyed in as great perfection in solitude as in society there would be no need for government. But the experience of ages has proved that such is the nature of man, a weak, imperfect being, that the valuable ends of life cannot be obtained without the union and assistance of many.

James Otis: Right of the British Colonies Asserted an proved - 1764
Quoted Document: The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved

Quote 788 details Share on Google+ - Quote 788 Linked In Share Button - Quote 788 tho it is also admitted that the security of property is one end of government, but that of little estimation even in the view of a miser when life and liberty of locomotion and further accumulation are placed in competition, it must be a very absurd way of speaking to assert that one end of government in the foundation of government.

James Otis: Rights of the British colonies Asserted and Proved - 1764
Quoted Document: The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved

Quote 802 details Share on Google+ - Quote 802 Linked In Share Button - Quote 802 Taxation without representation is tyranny.

James Otis: Attributed by john Adams and others - 1763

Quote 789 details Share on Google+ - Quote 789 Linked In Share Button - Quote 789 The end of government being the good of mankind, points out its great duties: It is above all things to provide for the security, the quiet, and happy enjoyment of life, liberty and property. There is not an act which a government can have a right to make, that does not tent to the advancement of the security, tranquility and prosperity of the people.

James Otis: Rights of the British colonies Asserted and Proved - 1764
Quoted Document: The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved

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