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. See Cotton Tufts to JA
, 10 Oct., note 12
, above. James Warren had rejected or resigned from one public responsibility after
another—paymaster general of the Continental Army and justice of the superior court
in Massachusetts, both in 1776, major general of the state militia in 1777, member
of Congress in 1779, lieutenant governor in 1780, and member of the Continental Navy
Board in May 1782. One reason for Warren's increasing alienation from public service,
beginning in the late 1770s, was his growing hostility to John Hancock, the dominant
figure in Massachusetts politics. But Warren's distaste for holding office seems to
have had its origins in a complex personality that is still not well understood. See
; vol. 4:16
; JA, Papers
; Sibley's Harvard Graduates
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