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First Name: James

Last Name: Warren

Birthplace: Plymouth, MA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Continental Army (1775 - 1784)

Date of Birth: 28 September 1726

Date of Death: 28 November 1808

Rank: Major General

Years Served:
James Warren

•  Revolutionary War (1775 - 1783)


James Warren
Major General, Continental Army

James Warren was born on 28 September 1726 in Plymouth, MA.

Warren graduated from Harvard in 1745, and in 1754 married his second cousin, Mercy Otis Warren, a historian and playwright. He was a descendant of Mayflower passengers, Richard Warren and Edward Doty; his wife, Mercy, was also descended from Edward Doty. He and Mercy had five sons. During the time of the Revolution, she hosted political meetings in her home; and in 1772, she published her play, The Adulateur. After the war, in 1790, Mrs. Warren published a volume of poetry in her name. In 1805, she wrote History of the American Revolution. She died in Plymouth in 1814.

Warren was more active in the early days of the Revolution than in the war itself. James Warren was the President of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress and a Paymaster General of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, among other positions. He was a member of the Sons of Liberty; and he fought in the Battle of Bunker Hill alongside Mercy's brother, James Otis, Jr. He was commissioned a General in the Massachusetts Militia, but because he refused to serve under Continental Army officers of lesser rank, he took no part in the war after the action moved away from Boston.

Death and Burial

James Warren died on 28 November 1808 in Plymouth, MA. He is buried at Burial Hill in Plymouth.

Honoree ID: 3197   Created by: MHOH




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