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EDSON, Josiah, politician, born about 1710; died in New York or on Long Island in 1778. He was graduated at Harvard in 1730, and became a noted Tory politician in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Hutchinson: speaks of him in 1771, when he was in the legislature, as one who would ordinarily have had great weight in that body, but who, discouraged by the numbers of the opposition, remained inactive. In 1774 he was one of the "mandamus councilors," and in the same year was driven from his house by a mob, and compelled to take refuge in Boston, under the protection of British troops. At the evacuation of that City in 1776 he went with the army to Halifax, and then to New York. He was a colonel of militia and a deacon of the Church. John Trumbull, in his satire "McFingal," alludes to him as " that old simplicity of Edson."
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