. Chief Justice Stephen Sewall (b. 1702), Harvard 1721, died on 10 Sept. 1760; he was
Jonathan Sewall's uncle (Sibley-Shipton, Harvard Graduates
, 6:561–567). The competition for succession to the vacancy in this high office had
profound effects on Massachusetts politics and family alignments that lasted into
the era of the Revolution. For JA
's views on the issue, see his Draft of a Letter of the Succession, 5 Nov.
, Diary and Autobiography