Rev. Dr. Joseph Sewall

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About Rev. Dr. Joseph Sewall

Rev. Dr. Joseph Sewall was born on Aug. 15, 1688 in Boston. He was the son of Chief Justice Samuel E. Sewall and Hannah Hull. Joseph Sewall was baptised on Aug. 19, 1688 by Mr. Willard in the Old South Meeting House.

He graduated from Harvard college, A.B., 1707, A.M., 1710; was ordained to the Congregational ministry, Sep. 16, 1713, and was pastor of the South Church, Boston, Mass., 1713-69, being only the fourth minister of the church.

He was asked to be President of Harvard College but refused.

Rev. Sewall readily supported the patriot cause and permitted his meeting house to become a shrine of the American cause. In Charles Chauncy's words, Sewall "was a strenuous asserter of our civil and ecclesiastical charter-rights and priviledges. . . . He knew they were the purchase of our forefathers at the expence of much labor, blood, and treasire [sic]. He could not bear the thought of their being wrested out of our hands. He esteemed it our duty, in all wise, reasonable, and legal ways, to endeavour the preservation of them. . ." (Chauncy, Discourse Occasioned by the Death of . . . Joseph Sewall [Boston, 1769], p. 26).


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Rev. Dr. Joseph Sewall's Timeline

August 5, 1688
October 29, 1713
Age 25
May 2, 1715
Age 26
Boston, MA, United States
June 27, 1769
Age 80