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Paul Dudley

Birthplace: Roxbury, MA
Death: Died in Roxbury, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Tutor & Fellow of Harvard Coll.
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Dudley and Rebecca Dudley
Husband of Lucy Dudley
Father of Thomas Dudley
Brother of Thomas Dudley; Edward Dudley; Samuel Dudley; John Dudley; Rebecca Sewall and 5 others

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About Hon. Paul Dudley

Paul Dudley: September 3, 1675-January 25, 1751

Parents: Joseph Dudley 1647-1720 and Rebecca Tyng 1651-1722

Paul Dudley, Attorney-General of Massachusetts, was born in Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

After graduating from The Roxbury Latin School and then Harvard in 1690, he studied law at the Temple in London, and became attorney-general of Massachusetts (1702 to 1718). He was associate justice of the superior court of that province from 1718 to 1745, and chief justice from 1745 until his death in 1751.

He was a member of the Royal Society (London), to whose Transactions he contributed several valuable papers on the natural history of New England, as well as the founder of the Dudleian lectures on religion at Harvard University. He died in Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.


____________________________________________________________________________________ Dudley was first settled in 1714 and was officially incorporated in 1732. The town was named for landholders Paul and William Dudley.[1] In April 1776, on his way to New York City from Boston after his victory in the Siege of Boston, General George Washington camped in the town of Dudley with the Continental Army along what is now a portion of Route 31 near the Connecticut border. During the trip, it is rumored that a "large cache" of captured and recovered British weaponry and supplies was ordered "concealed in the grounds" in the rural area along the route. The cache, hidden to resupply reinforcements from Massachusetts or to cover a retreat from the south, were never used or recorded as having been recovered.[2] Union soldiers from Dudley, the 15th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, suffered heavy casualties inflicted by the Confederacy during the Battle of Gettysburg.[3] Dudley was the primary manufacturer of "Brogan boots" worn by the Union Army and produced the majority of the standard issue Union uniforms worn during the Civil War.[4]


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Hon. Paul Dudley's Timeline

September 3, 1675
Roxbury, MA
Age 14
Harvard Coll.
Age 26
Attorney General of Mass.
Age 27
Age 69
Chief Justice of Massachusetts
January 21, 1751
Age 75
Roxbury, Massachusetts
Tutor & Fellow of Harvard Coll.