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[Thanks to Betty White for transcribing the History section]
Commonwealth, in September, 1779.Daniel Howard, Elisha Mitchell, Hezekiah Hooper and Daniel Howard 2d, were the delegates to the convention of this State, at Boston, for adopting the constitution of the United States in 1788.
The counties in the Old Colony of Plymouth were formed and established in 1685. The Senators for the county of Plymouth elected from Bridgewater, were for 1785 and 1786, Hugh Orr; for 1787, Nathan Mitchell; from 1788 to 1794, inclusive, Daniel Howard; from 1796 to 1805, Beza Hayward; for 1813 and 1814, Nahum Mitchell. [To the Senators there mentioned may be added the names of Hon. William Baylies, Aaron Hobart, Abel Kingman, and John A. Shaw. (8)] [To the list of Senators ... add Artemas Hale, and Jesse Perkins. (423)]
The members of Congress from Bridgewater have been the Rev. Dr. John Reed, Nahum Mitchell, William Baylies, and Aaron Hobart.
Many of the early settlers of Bridgewater were young men, born in this country, well acquainted with the Indian character, and therefore well calculated to encounter the troubles and dangers of the savage warfare they were soon to experience. In Philip's war, so called, which commenced early in 1675, they displayed great courage and intrepidity. Being wholly an interior settlement, remote from their friends on the sea-board, "they were strongly urged to desert their dwellings, and repair to the towns by the seaside." They however resolutely kept their ground, and defended their settlement, and encouraged and assisted other towns to do the same. They erected a stockade or garrison on the south side of the river, and also fortified many of their dwelling houses. At the commencement of hostilities, June 21, 1675, seventeen of their number, "well armed and furnished with horses, the first that were on the march in all the country," went to Metapoiset, a small settlement about twelve miles from Swansey, "to strengthen the garrison at that place." They were met by people from Swansey, driven from their habitations and filled with terror, who advised them to return; but they fearlessly pursued their course and accomplished their object. They were in many perils while there, but returned safe after the greatest part of the garrison,
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