Jonathan L. Austin

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Jonathan Loring Austin
2nd Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth[1]
In office
1806–1808
Preceded by John Avery, Jr.
Succeeded by William Tudor
10th Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts[2][2]
In office
1811–1812
Preceded by Thomas Harris
Succeeded by John T. Apthorp
Member of the
Massachusetts Senate[2]
Personal details
Born January 2, 1748[1][2] 8
Boston, Massachusetts[1][2]
Died May 10, 1826[1][3]
Boston, Massachusetts[1]
Political party Democratic-Republican Party
Spouse(s) Hannah Ivers,[4] (March 20, 1756[4] −1818) m. Boston April 4, 1782.[5]
Children James Treacothie Austin[1]
Alma mater Harvard College; 1766.[2]
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
[1][2]
Service/branch Continental Army
Rank Major[1][2]
Battles/wars American Revolution[1][2]

Jonathan Loring Austin (January 2, 1748 – May 10, 1826) was a Massachusetts revolutionary, diplomat and politician who served as the second Secretary of the Commonwealth and the tenth Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts. Austin was the father of Massachusetts Attorney General James Treacothie Austin.[1]

Early life[edit]

Austin was born on January 2, 1748 in Boston, Massachusetts.[2] Austin graduated from Harvard College in 1766.[1] After he graduated from Harvard, Austin moved to Portsmouth, New Hampshire and became a merchant there.[1]

American Revolutionary War[edit]

When the war started Austin became a Major in Langdon's Regiment, and later an aid to General John Sullivan.[1]

Massachusetts Board of War[edit]

Austin was the secretary to the Massachusetts Board of War until October 1777.[1]

Capture and release[edit]

In January 1780 Austin was captured by the British while on a mission to Europe to secure a loan for Massachusetts.[1] Austin was later released. He failed to secure the loan and he returned in the autumn of 1781.[1]

Marriage[edit]

Austin married Hannah Ivers,[4] the daughter of James[4] & Hannah (Trecothick) Ivers,[4] in Boston, on April 4, 1782.[5]

Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth[edit]

Austin served as Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth for two years, from 1806 to 1808.

Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts[edit]

Austin served as Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts from 1811 to 1812.

References[edit]

  • Julie Helen Ott, “Lydia and Her Daughters: A Boston Matrilineal Case Study,” NEHGS Nexus, Vol. IX, No. 1, pg. 25 (1992). [1]
  • Cutter, William Richard, ed., Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, Volume IV (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1908), 1717.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Wilson, James Grant (1888), "Appletons' Cyclopedia of American Biography, Vol. I., Aaron-Crandall", D. APPLETON AND COMPANY (New York, N.Y.): 120. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Wharton, Francis (1889), The Revolutionary Diplomatic Correspondence of the United States, Volume I, Washington, DC: United States. Dept. of State: GPO, p. 620. 
  3. ^ Wharton, Francis (1889), "The Revolutionary Diplomatic Correspondence of the United States, Volume I", United States. Dept. of State: GPO (Washington, DC): 621. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Cutter, William Richard (1908), "Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, Volume IV", Lewis Historical Publishing Company (New York City): 1717. 
  5. ^ a b Otto, Julie Helen (February–March 1992), Julie Helen Ott, "Lydia and Her Daughters: A Boston Matrilineal Case Study," NEHGS Nexus, Vol. IX, No. 1, Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, p. 25. 
Political offices
Preceded by
John Avery, Jr.
2nd Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth
1806–1808
Succeeded by
William Tudor
Preceded by
Thomas Harris
10th Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts
1811–1812
Succeeded by
John T. Apthorp