About George Otis
- Title The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volumes 3-4
- Contributor New England Historic Genealogical Society
- Publisher New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1849
- Original from University of Minnesota
- Digitized Mar 29, 2011
Hon. Samuel Allyne4 (76), who m. Elizabeth, dau. of Hon. Harrison Gray; and, 2d, Mary, widow of Edward Gray, and dau. of Israel Smith, had:
(172) I Harrison Gray,6 b. 8 Oct., 1765, m. Sally, dau. of William Foster, Esq., merchant of Boston, 31 May, 1790. She was b. 10 Jan., 1770, and d. 6 Sept., 1838, ae. 66 years and 8 months nearly. A very just tribute to her memory may be found in a Philadelphia paper of the time.
Mr. Otis d. 28 Oct., 1848, Saturday, at 2 o'clock, A. M., at his residence in Beacon Street, Boston, in the 84th year of his age.
He graduated at H. C. 1783, read law with John Lowell, was admitted to the Bar 1786, and was chosen Representative in Congress for the Suffolk District in 1797, as soon as he was constitutionally qualified by age, as the successor of Fisher Ames, which station he held during the whole of the Administration of John Adams — eight years. For many years he was an active and efficient member of one or other branch of the State Legislature; — Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1803 to 1805, and for six years President of the Senate. He also, at different periods, held the office of Judge of the Boston Court of Common Pleas, and third Mayor of the city of Boston, Jan., 1829. He was elected a Senator to the 16th Congress, 1817, which station he held for five years, when he resigned, June, 1822.
In 1823, after the long administration of Gov. Brooks, he was the Federal candidate for Governor of the Commonwealth, but the strong rally of the Democratic party in that year, brought into office Gov. Eustis in opposition to him.
He was one of the prominent members of the convention that met at Hartford in Dec., 1814, to deliberate on the condition of public affairs;— and many years since he wrote and published a series of letters, in a pamphlet form, in vindication of the views and proceedings of that convention.
On retiring from the mayoralty, he withdrew from all public employment, and resided till his decease in his elegant mansion in Boston.
(173) II. Samuel Allyne,6 b. 1768, m. Elizabeth Coffin; and, 2d, Elizabeth Coffin Marquand. He was bred to commerce, and established in business with the brightest prospects at Cape Francois, when the insurrection burst forth which drove him, and all the whites who escaped massacre, from the island. He afterwards settled in Newburyport, Ms., where he d. in 1814.
(174) III. George,6 b. , d. early.