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FREEMAN, Nathaniel, physician, born in Dennis, Massachusetts, 8 April 1741; died in Sandwich, Massachusetts, 20 September 1827. He studied medicine and in 1765 settled in Sandwich, where he Studied law with his relative, Colonel James Otis. He was an' active patriot during the Revolution, held command of a regiment of militia in the expedition to Rhode Island, and served as brigadier general of militia from 1781 till 1793. He performed various services in the legislature, was judge of probate for forty-seven years, judge of the common pleas for thirty years, and a member of congress from Massachusetts from 1795 till 1799. He was one of the best extempore speakers of the day, and was distinguished as a physician and surgeon. He was the author of "A Charge to the Grand Jury at Barnstable" (Barnstable, 1802).
His son, Frederick Freeman, clergyman, born in Sandwich, Massachusetts, in 1800; died there, in 1883, was engaged as a schoolteacher and for a time studied law. Subsequently he taught in the academy at Newbern, N. C., and was finally made its principal. In 1823 he began to preach, and in the next year was ordained pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where he remained ten years. He afterward took orders in the Protestant Episcopal Church, and held charges in Philadelphia, Bangor, and Augusta. He then returned to Sandwich. where he established a collegiate institute in 1834. He was the author of a "History of Cape Cod "; "Annals of Barnstable County" (1858'62); "Genealogy of the Freeman Family" (1875); and "Civilization and Barbarism illustrated by Especial Reference to Metacomet and the Extinction of his Race" (1878).
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