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James Otis (1725–1783)

Otis, James. A celebrated American statesman and orator; born at West Barnstable, MA, Feb. 5, 1725; died at Andover, MA, May 23, 1783. At an early age he attracted attention by his eloquence in behalf of the colonists against British oppression, and his determined opposition to the “writs of assistance” in 1761. Through his efforts the Stamp Act Congress was assembled in 1765. He was the author of a number of political essays and orations, among which are: ‘Vindication of the Conduct of the House of Representatives’ (1762); ‘Rights of the British Colonies Asserted’ (1765); ‘Consideration on Behalf of the Colonists’ (1765).