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John Wentworth, Jr.


The delegates from New Hampshire in the Congress which adopted the Articles of Confederation were Josiah Bartlett and John Wentworth, Jun. We have already given a biography of the first named statesman. John Wentworth was the descendant and relative of the Wentworths who so long held the highest offices in :New Hampshire. His uncle was Benning Wentworth, who held the gubernatorial office twenty-five years, and who himself was the son of a lieutenant-governor. The subject of this memoir was the son of Mark Hunting Wentworth. Having received an excellent education, he applied himself to the study of the law, and at the commencement of the difficulties between the colonies and the mother country, he espoused the patriot side in opposition to his cousin, Governor Wentworth, who had done all in his power to restrain the rising spirit of the colonists, and who, finding the effort vain, had fled to England. Young Wentworth was an active member of the Congress which framed the Articles of Confederation, and a worthy colleague of Josiah Bartlett.
   He remained faithful to the patriot cause throughout the Revolution, and was, till his death, a distinguished citizen of :New Hampshire.

Source: Marshall, James V. The United States Manual of Biography and History. Philadelphia: James B. Smith & Co., 1856. Page 132.


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