Daniel Abbott

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Daniel Abbott
24th Deputy Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
In office
Governor John Wanton
Preceded by George Hazard
Succeeded by Richard Ward
Personal details
Born 25 April 1682
Providence, Rhode Island
Died 7 November 1760 (1760-11-08) (aged 78)
Providence, Rhode Island
Spouse(s) Mary Fenner
Occupation Deputy, Speaker of House of Deputies, Clerk of Assembly, Deputy Governor
Daniel Abbott grave marker, North Burial Ground, Providence

Daniel Abbott (25 April 1682 – 7 November 1760)[1] was a deputy governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. The son of Daniel and Margaret (White) Abbott (widow of Thomas D Walling) of Providence in the Rhode Island colony, he was called Daniel Abbott, Jr. when made a freeman of Providence in 1708.[2] He served on the Providence Town Council in 1713, and the same year served as Deputy, which position he held numerous times until the year of his death.[1] In 1720 he was Clerk of the Assembly, and from 1737 to 1738 he was Speaker of the House of Deputies.[1] In 1738 he was elected as Deputy Governor of the colony, and served for two one-year terms, under John Wanton as governor.[1]

In 1723 Abbott and his wife deeded a plot of land in Providence for establishing a church "in the Presbyterian or Congregational way."[1] Ten years later, he and two others were appointed by the Assembly to erect a new jail in Providence of the same size as the one in Kings County.[1] Early in 1740 he was given 20 pounds for his time and expense in revising and renewing the boundary line between the Rhode Island and Connecticut colonies, and later that year he was on a committee to determine the boundaries between the Rhode Island and Massachusetts colonies.[1] In 1741 he and two others were appointed to set off a part of Warwick to establish the town of Coventry.[1]

Abbott married Mary Fenner, the daughter of Major Thomas Fenner and Dinah Borden. His wife predeceased him on 7 January 1759. The couple had no children, so much of his estate was left to his Fenner relatives.[1] Executors of his will were two future Deputy Governors of the colony, Jabez Bowen and Darius Sessions.[1]

Daniel and Mary Abbott are buried in the North Burial Ground, Providence, Rhode Island.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Austin, p. 235.
  2. ^ Austin, pp. 234-5.


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