Hawley, Joseph

Hawley, Joseph,

1723–88, political leader in the American Revolution, b. Northampton, Mass. He was a leader of the opposition to the revivalist preaching of Jonathan EdwardsEdwards, Jonathan,
1703–58, American theologian and metaphysician, b. East Windsor (then in Windsor), Conn. He was a precocious child, early interested in things scientific, intellectual, and spiritual.
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 and helped bring about Edwards's dismissal from his Northampton church. A lawyer, he served in the General Court of Massachusetts, where he became prominent in the struggle for political freedom before the Revolution. A leader of pre-Revolutionary activities in W Massachusetts, he was a strong supporter and frequent correspondent of John Adams.


See biography by E. F. Brown (1931, repr. 1966).

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