Thomas Cushing

Thomas Cushing III (March 24, 1725 – February 28, 1788) was 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.

Thomas Cushing
Thomas Cushing, Member of Continental Congress
Acting Governor of Massachusetts
In office
February 17, 1785 – May 27, 1785
Preceded byJohn Hancock
Succeeded byJames Bowdoin
1st Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
In office
November 4, 1780 – February 28, 1788
GovernorJohn Hancock (1780-1785)
Himself (1785)
James Bowdoin (1785-1788)
Preceded byThomas Oliver (as Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay)
Succeeded byBenjamin Lincoln
Personal details
BornMarch 24, 1725
Boston, Province of Massachusetts Bay
DiedFebruary 28, 1788 (aged 62)
Boston, Massachusetts
Deborah Fletcher
(m. 1747; died 1788)
Thomas Cushing's signature

Early years

Thomas was born in Boston, the capital of the British Province of Massachusetts Bay, on March 24, 1725,[1] the second of at least seven children. The Cushing family, with deep roots in the province, descends from Deacon Matthew Cushing who emigrated from Norfolk, England, to Hingham in 1638.[2] Thomas' father, also named Thomas (1694-1746), was one of the city's wealthiest merchants, a leading member of the Old South Church, and a city selectman.[1][3] Thomas Sr. was a frequent moderator of town meetings, and accepted on behalf of the city of Boston the gift of Faneuil Hall (a large market building and public meeting space) from Peter Faneuil in 1742. He served in the General Court (colonial assembly) of Massachusetts from 1731 to 1747, and as its speaker after 1742.[1] His mother, Mary (Bromfield) Cushing (1689–1746) was also from a prominent Boston family.[4]

Thomas got his early education at the Boston Latin School, and then attended Harvard, where he graduated in 1744. He studied law and was admitted to the bar, after which he entered the family merchant business.[5][6] On October 1, 1747, he married Deborah Fletcher (c. 1727–1790), with whom he had five children.[5][7]

Political career

In 1753 Cushing entered politics, winning election as a Boston selectman. He continued in that office until 1763, and was also elected to the General Court in 1761.[8] He became politically associated with Samuel Adams and John Hancock, in part through his attendance at political discussions in Boston's taverns.[9] With Hancock in particular he eventually formed a lifelong relationship in which the charismatic Hancock was always seen to be the dominant political personality. He contributed financially to some of Hancock's political spending, although he preferred to stand in the background and let Hancock receive the credit.[10] Because of this his (and Hancock's) political opponents in later years often characterized him as little more than Hancock's henchman or proxy.[11]

When the French and Indian War came to an end in 1763 the British government sought to recover the costs of posting troops in the colonies by imposing taxes on the colonies. Cushing was an early opponent of these taxes, couching his opposition in economic terms, a reflection on his livelihood as a merchant. An astute observer of the trade ties binding the various parts of the British Empire, he wrote in 1763 that extant high duties on molasses (payment of which was widely flouted by New England merchants) would have significantly harmed the economies of Britain, North America, and the West Indies, in part by diverting significant quantities of scarce hard currency to those duties.[12] John Adams wrote of Cushing that "[He] is steady and constant and busy in the interest of liberty and the opposition, and is famed for secrecy and his talent for procuring intelligence."[6]

Speaker of the house

In May 1766 Cushing was chosen to be speaker of the assembly. The assembly first chose James Otis, but Governor Bernard rejected this choice, and Cushing was named as a compromise candidate.[13] During his tenure as speaker he was a frequent correspondent with the assembly's agent in London, Benjamin Franklin, who was given the job in late 1770. In addition to official correspondence such as petitions, the two men exchanged opinions on political developments in their respective areas, and were broadly in agreement on the need for moderation in dealing with the British government.[14] In 1772 Franklin acquired letters written by several royal appointees, including Governor Thomas Hutchinson when he was still lieutenant governor.[15] Seeking to deflect colonial blame for matters away from the British government and onto the royal governor, Franklin forwarded these letters to Cushing, with specific instructions that they only be shown to a few people.[16] Those who saw them included the radical Samuel Adams, who engineered their eventual publication in 1773.[17] In the letters, Hutchinson and Lieutenant Governor Andrew Oliver made highly inflammatory suggestions that colonial rights needed to be abridged.[15] The resulting scandal inflamed political tensions on both sides of the Atlantic, prompted a petition from the assembly that Hutchinson be recalled, and brought about Franklin's resignation as colonial agent and conversion to a pro-independence view after he was publicly lambasted for his role in the affair.[18]

Cushing held the post of speaker until the assembly was dissolved in October 1774 by Governor and British Army General Thomas Gage, who succeeded Hutchinson. The assembly's members then met without the governor's permission and formed the Massachusetts Provincial Congress.[19] This body would constitute the de facto government of Massachusetts until its state constitution was adopted in 1780.[20]

Despite his opposition to British policies Cushing did not at first strongly support the revolution. In 1772, he (along with Hancock, who was also then moderate in his views) refused to serve when named to one of the Boston Committees of Correspondence.[21] Despite his lack of revolutionary ardor he was elected as a delegate to the First Continental Congress in 1774, and to the second in 1775.[22] He became associated with the radical cause by London political figures in part because, as Massachusetts speaker, his signature was affixed to all of its petitions. As a result, orders issued to General Gage in April 1775 for the arrest of radical leaders included Cushing's name. Gage did not pursue such orders for the arrest of leaders, and Cushing was never detained.[23]


Cushing continued to maintain a weak attitude toward independence through 1775, which cost him his seat in the Continental Congress in December 1775. After a heated election campaign Cushing was defeated by Elbridge Gerry, who was committed to independence.[24] The loss, which decisively handed pro-independence forces a majority in the Massachusetts delegation, propelled Cushing firmly into Hancock's camp.[25] Cushing continued to oppose independence upon his return to Massachusetts, orchestrating delays in the polling process by which the state formally called for a declaration of independence.[26]

Hancock, then the president of the Continental Congress, rewarded Cushing's loyalty by securing for him the appointment as a commissioner of marine affairs. In this role Cushing oversaw the procurement of two 32-gun frigates for the Continental Navy.[27] He was also appointed the chief commissary responsible for supplying Massachusetts troops, a post he held for several years. In 1780 he was appointed as one of the chief commissaries responsible for supplying the French troops at Newport, Rhode Island.[6] Cushing, in behavior that was similar to that of other merchants involved in military supply, used these positions to substantially enrich the family merchant business by granting it favorably priced supply contracts.[28] He was also involved in regional conventions that attempted to stem the inflationary decline in value of the Continental dollar by setting wage and price controls; these attempts failed because states refused to implement convention recommendations.[6][29]

In 1778 Cushing was involved in an unsuccessful attempt to create a new constitution for the state.[30] This effort was rejected by the state's eligible voters for a variety of reason, although there continued to be calls from the towns demanding a new constitution.[31] Cushing was not involved in the detailed drafting of the state constitution that was adopted in 1780.[32] He was a charter member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1780).[33]

President of the Massachusetts Senate

Cushing was elected to the Massachusetts Senate the 1780 election. As several districts failed to elect senators and several others refused to serve, there were only nineteen senators sworn in for the first Senate session of 1780. On October 25, 1780, of the nineteen senators who had been sworn in, fourteen voted for Cushing, and Cushing was elected the first President of the Massachusetts Senate.[34] Cushing resigned as President of the Massachusetts Senate on November 4, 1780 in order to become the Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts.[34]

Lieutenant Governor

Cushing stood for election as lieutenant governor in the 1780 election. The vote was indecisive (no candidate received a majority of the votes cast), and the choice was given to the General Court to decide. Its first candidate, James Bowdoin, refused the post, as did the second choice, James Warren, and the choice went to Cushing on the third ballot. He then served in the post, most of the time serving under his friend John Hancock, until his death in 1788.[35] In early 1785 Hancock offered his resignation to the legislature, partly as a political maneuver (although he claimed to be suffering a particularly bad case of gout at the time). The legislature did not insist that Hancock remain in office, resulting in Hancock actually resigning. Cushing became Acting Governor and served out the last few months of the term. The 1785 election for governor was highly political and divisive; Cushing was portrayed by his opponents (principally Bowdoin and his supporters) as little more than a creature of Hancock who would do Hancock's bidding. The election was again undecided by the electorate; Bowdoin prevailed in the General Court's decision-making, and Cushing again won the lieutenant governor's office.[36] Bowdoin served two terms, which were dominated by Shays' Rebellion, an uprising caused in part by Bowdoin's harsh fiscal policies and poor economic conditions in the rural parts of the state. In 1787 Hancock returned to politics, trouncing Bowdoin.[37] In each of these elections Cushing was reelected as lieutenant governor.[38]

During their time in office Hancock and Cushing funded the rebuilding of Boston, which had been devastated by the British occupation in 1775–76. Although Hancock was given most of the credit for this effort, it is known that Cushing played a significant role in the rebuilding effort.[39]

Death and legacy

Thomas Cushing died in Boston on February 28, 1788, while serving as lieutenant governor. He was buried in Boston's Granary Burying Ground.[40] Cushing, Maine is named in his honor.[41]


  1. ^ a b c Loring, p. 212
  2. ^ Mitchell, pp. 386–388
  3. ^ Ungar, p. 16
  4. ^ Slade, p. 329
  5. ^ a b Loring, p. 213
  6. ^ a b c d "Cushing, Thomas". Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1930.
  7. ^ Mitchell, p. 388
  8. ^ Winsor, pp. 534, 536
  9. ^ Allan, p. 86
  10. ^ Unger, p. 155
  11. ^ Hall, p. 84
  12. ^ Archer, pp. 16–17
  13. ^ Egnal, p. 157
  14. ^ Morgan, pp. 176–177
  15. ^ a b Morgan, pp. 185–186
  16. ^ Morgan, pp. 187–188
  17. ^ Stoll, pp. 108–110
  18. ^ Morgan, pp. 196–218
  19. ^ Fowler, pp. 172–177
  20. ^ See Cushing, pp. 112ff, for the history of this period
  21. ^ Unger, p. 156
  22. ^ Unger, pp. 190, 212
  23. ^ Hudson, p. 134
  24. ^ Billias, p. 65
  25. ^ Billias, p. 66
  26. ^ Egnal, p. 280
  27. ^ Fowler, pp. 203–204
  28. ^ Sora, pp. 136–137, 147–148
  29. ^ Rockoff, pp. 33–35
  30. ^ Cushing, pp. 208ff
  31. ^ Peters, pp. 18–19
  32. ^ Peters, p. 21
  33. ^ "Charter of Incorporation of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences". American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  34. ^ a b Massachusetts General Court - Senate (January 1, 1879), The Journal of the Senate for the year 1879, Boston, Massachusetts: Massachusetts General Court - Senate, p. 5
  35. ^ Hall, pp. 134–136
  36. ^ Hall, pp. 136–138
  37. ^ Fowler, pp. 263–267
  38. ^ Hall, p. 131
  39. ^ Unger, p. 232
  40. ^ Loring, p. 214
  41. ^ Gannett, p. 98


Further reading

  • Alexander, John (2011). Samuel Adams: the Life of an American Revolutionary. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9780742570337. OCLC 678924183.

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In June, 1796, the Gazette was published as a semi-weekly paper, on Tuesday and Friday.

On July 25, 1797, Thomas Cushing resumed publication of the Gazette, however no reason was given for the change, however since the change William Bentley's columns were never published again, most likely due to political tensions between Cushing and Carleton.

In 1822, Thomas Cushing left the paper due to poor health to Caleb Cushing and Ferdinand Andrews, and died on September 28, 1824 at the age of 60. He was from Hingham, MA.

In 1827, Caleb Cushing left the paper to Ferdinand Andrews alone, until he sold his interest in it to Caleb Foote.In 2006 the Salem Gazette was resurrected under the banner of GateHouse Media, and currently operates as a free weekly newspaper focusing on culture, daily life and human interest in Salem. New editions of the paper are distributed on Fridays. The paper prints approximately 13,000 copies per week. The first editor of the new Salem Gazette was Bill Woolley, followed by Lisa Guerriero, current editor of the Melrose Free Press. Since 2011, the editor of the Salem Gazette has been Sarah Thomas.

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He was born in Quebec City in 1806, the grandson of Thomas Aylwin. Aylwin studied at Harvard University, then articled in law and was called to the bar in 1827. He entered the practice of law in partnership with Edward Short. In 1841, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada for Portneuf; he was reelected in 1844 and 1848 for Quebec City. Aylwin served as solicitor general for Canada East from 1842 to 1843, resigning to protest Governor Sir Charles Metcalfe's refusal to consult the Executive Council on patronage appointments, and served again in the same post in 1848. Later in 1848, he resigned his seat to accept an appointment as judge in the Court of Queen’s Bench. Aylwin resigned from the bench in 1868 after suffering a stroke.

He died in Montreal in 1871. Aylwin was buried at Mount Hermon Cemetery in Sillery, on October 17, 1871.

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He was born at Mahón, Menorca in 1812, the son of William Bowman Felton, and came to Lower Canada with his family in 1815. They settled near Sherbrooke. Felton studied law at Quebec City with Andrew Stuart and Henry Black, was called to the bar in 1834 and set up practice at Quebec. In 1835, he married Clara, the daughter of Thomas Lloyd, a surgeon in the British army. Felton served as crown attorney for Saint-François district from 1853 to 1861 and was bâtonnier for the district from 1861 to 1875. In 1854, he was named Queen's Counsel. In 1854, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada for the united counties of Sherbrooke and Wolfe as a Liberal-Conservative. He defended the system of separate schools in the province when Joseph Papin proposed a non-denominational school system. His wife Clara helped establish the Collège Mont-Notre-Dame at Sherbrooke.

He died at Sherbrooke in 1877.

His sister Eliza Margaret married Thomas Cushing Aylwin, who also served in the legislative assembly and was later named a judge.

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