Lowell, John (d. 1802)

LOWELL, John, L L.D. judge, graduated at Harvard college 1760. Having settled in Boston as a lawyer, he was chosen a member of congress in 1781. Of the convention which formed the constitution of Massachusetts he was a distinguished member. In 1789 Washington appointed him judge of the district court for the Massachusetts district; and on the new organization of the courts cf the United States, in Feb. 1801, he was appointed chief justice of the first circuit. He died 1802 aged 58. For 18 years he was a member of the corporation of Harvard college, and one of the founders of the Americau academy. He wrote an English poem, No. 3 in the "Pietas" printed at Cambridge. He pronounced before the American academy of arts and sciences in Jan. 1791 an elegant eulogy on their late president James Bowdoin, which is prefixed to the secord volume of the memoirs of that society.
1. A General Biographical Dictionary, Comprising a Summary Account of the Most Distinguished Persons of All Ages, Nations and Professions, 1843, page 580.

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