William Greenleaf, Hon. (1724 - 1803)

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Birthplace: Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts
Death: Died in New Bedford, Bristol, Massachusetts
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About William Greenleaf, Hon.

William Greenleaf was a merchant who, for many years resided on Hanover Street in Boston. He was a staunch Whig and active in the Revolution, and was one of the commission of seven chosen secretly at the town meeting held in Boston, November 2, 1772, to correspond with men in the other colonies in regard to measures to be pursued. That committee often met at his house. This committee undertook what was decidedly the most hazardous part of the revolution: their lives were not only in each others hands, but also at the mercy and discretion of utter strangers throughout the colonies. They signed a bond in the most emphatic language, never in any emergency, even unto death, to betray each other or the cause.

He was appointed Sheriff of Suffolk by the Governor and Council October 31, 1775 which he held until December 14, 1780. The congress was then sitting in Watertown, and as Boston was closely shut up at that time, he exercised his office in the other parts of the county out of Boston.

The prize brig Medway, taken by the ship Oliver Cromwell, was sold by William Greenleaf in May, 1777; and in June 77 sold the prize brig Anna, and her cargo, for the State of Connecticut, taken by Captain Smedley.

In July 1776, after the Congress declared Independence, the Sheriff, William Greenleaf, proclaimed it from the balcony of the Old State House, on State Street, at one o'clock in the afternoon, which was received with great joy, expressed by three huzzas from the great concourse of people assembled for the occasion.

After the war, Mr. Greenleaf gave up business in Boston, and removed to New Bedford, Mass. where he died, July 21, 1803.

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William Greenleaf, Hon.'s Timeline

1724
January 10, 1724
Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts
1747
June 3, 1747
Age 23
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
1752
1752
Age 27
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
1754
February 6, 1754
Age 30
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
1755
1755
Age 30
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
1757
March 19, 1757
Age 33
Boston, Suffolk, MA, USA
1758
July 10, 1758
Age 34
1760
February 5, 1760
Age 36
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
1761
1761
Age 36
Boston, Suffolk, MA, USA
1762
September 29, 1762
Age 38
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts