Otis Warren was born in Barnstable, Massachusetts, where she
lived until 1754, when she married James Warren and moved
to Plymouth, Massachusetts. There, Mercy Otis Warren found
herself at the center of a lively Patriot family: both her
husband and her brother James Otis took active parts in Massachusetts
politics, and the Warren home became a common meeting place
for revolutionaries. She also participated in the Patriot
cause, beginning with the 1772 publication of her play The
Adulateur, the first in a long line of similar propagandistic
pieces published anonymously. She developed friendships with
Abigail and John Adams at this time and corresponded with
both throughout her life. Warren continued to write and publish
after the war, issuing a volume of poetry under her own name
in 1790 and in 1805 publishing her three-volume History
of the Rise, Progress and Termination of the American Revolution.
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