Hon. William Greenleaf

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William Greenleaf

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Province of Massachusetts
Death: Died in New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Daniel Greenleaf and Elizabeth Greenleaf
Husband of Mary Greenleaf
Father of Suzanna Ingraham; Elizabeth Pope; Mary Greenleaf; Priscilla Appleton; Sarah Appleton and 8 others
Brother of Stephen Greenleaf; Mary Greenleaf; Elizabeth Greenleaf; Sarah Greenleaf; Samuel Greenleaf and 8 others

Occupation: Sheriff of Boston during Revolutionary War
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About Hon. William Greenleaf

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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Hon. William Greenleaf's Timeline

January 10, 1724
Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Province of Massachusetts
Age 25
New Bedford, Bristol County, Province of Massachusetts
May 15, 1752
Age 28
Boston, Suffolk County, Province of Massachusetts
February 6, 1754
Age 30
Boston, Suffolk County, Province of Massachusetts
October 25, 1755
Age 31
Boston, Suffolk County, Province of Massachusetts
March 19, 1757
Age 33
Boston, Suffolk, MA, USA
February 5, 1760
Age 36
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
May 22, 1761
Age 37
Boston, Suffolk, MA, USA
September 29, 1762
Age 38
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts