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FARLEY, Michael, patriot, born in Ipswich, Massachusetts, in 1719; died there, 20 June 1789. He represented his native town for several years in the general court, and ranked among its most active members. In 1774 he was chosen one of the council, but Governor Gage negated his election. This, however, was considered something of an honor, such men as John Adams, Bowdoin, Winthrop, mid Jedidiah Foster being at the time under a similar ban. He was a delegate to the Provincial congress of Massachusetts in 1774'5, and was afterward a member of the House of Representatives, July 1775. He subsequently acted as one of the supreme executive council, and was for several years major general of the 2d division of militia. He appears to have been an ardent patriot, and rendered the popular cause essential service.
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