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Lot 93: JAMES WARREN Signed Title Page Revolutionary War Provisional Congress President
October 29, 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Revolutionary War "Provisional Congress" President
JAMES WARREN (1726-1808). Revolutionary War President of the "Provisional Congress," in Cambridge, Paymaster General, where he worked with George Washington in Cambridge, as a Member of the Continental Navy Board.
Title Page Signed, "Jas. Warren" in brown ink along the upper right corner of "An Universal History From the Earliest Account of Time," Vol. IV, c. 1747, London, single sheet, 8" x 5", Fine. The signature is boldly written in brown ink, 2" long with a flourish beneath, and toning along the margin of the page at his signature. This title page is printed on fine-laid period paper with a circular woodcut of a tower on a hill, the rest of the publication is missing. Obviously from James Warren's personal library.
Born and raised in Plymouth, Massachusetts, James Warren graduated from Harvard in 1745. In 1754 he married Mercy Otis Warren, the sister of Patriot leader James Otis, and in 1757 he succeeded his father as Plymouth County sheriff. Warren became involved in state politics during the Stamp Act crisis of 1765; he began a 12-year term in Massachusetts General Court the following year.
An outspoken opponent of British rule, Warren became an active Patriot and associated with John and Abigail Adams and Samuel Adams. After Joseph Warren's death at the Battle of Bunker Hill, Warren succeeded him as president of the Provisional Congress; he also served during the war first as Paymaster General, where he worked with George Washington in Cambridge, then as a member of the Continental Navy Board.
After the war, Warren's fear that the ideals of the Revolution were being forgotten in the formation of the new government put him at odds with many leaders, particularly Gov. John Hancock, and made it increasingly difficult for him to gain election to state office.