About Jonathan Bliss
Loyalist: The Honorable Jonathan Bliss (#274) is associated with Springfield, Massachusetts and New Brunswick, Canada. Born in 1742, the son of Captain Luke Bliss and Mercy Ely, Jonathan graduated from Harvard in 1763, practiced law in Boston, and was elected a member of the General Court of Massachusetts. In September 1768, the Massachusetts Assembly refused by a vote of 92-17 to withdraw Samuel Adams’ “circular letter” that protested taxation without representation. Jonathan was one of the “17 Rescinders”. Later, Jonathan accompanied Lord Percy and his troops on their march to Concord and was banished under the Massachusetts Proscription Act of 1778 as an enemy of the state. After a short time in England, he removed to New Brunswick where he was appointed Attorney General of the Province and later became Chief Justice and President of His Majesty’s Council.