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GARDNER, Henry, statesman, born in Stowe, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, about 1730; died in Boston in 1782. He was graduated at Harvard in 1750, and was a strong Liberal throughout the Revolution, entering into politics in 1775, and continuing in public life until his death. Mr. Gardner was a member of the Middlesex convention of February, 1774, which met to consult for the common defense and welfare of the country. This and several other assemblies, held during the same month in the New England states, recommended a provincial congress, which accordingly convened in Salem in October, 1774, and the next day adjourned to Concord, New Hampshire he served in this and in the congresses of February and May, 1775, which met in Watertown, Massachusetts, and was chosen treasurer of the province by the 1st congress. In after-life he was a member of the Academy of arts and sciences in Boston, and devoted much of his time to literary and scientific pursuits in that City.
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