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MARSHALL, Josiah, merchant, born in Billerica, Massachusetts, in 1771 ; died in Providence, Rhode Island, in November, 1848. His father was a lieutenant in the Revolutionary army, and he was ninth in descent from a captain in Oliver Cromwell's army. In his youth he removed to Boston, where he became a wealthy merchant. Mr. Marshall was largely engaged in the East India trade and first, conceived the gigantic commercial plans on the northwestern coast of America, which John Jacob Astor afterward partially carried out.--His daughter, Emily, born in Boston, 27 June, 1807; died there, 17 August, 1836, was noted for her beauty and is mentioned in many memoirs and reminiscences. She married William Foster Otis, of Boston.
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