Plymouth County Biographies

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Joshua Cushman

Joshua Cushman (1761-1834), a Representative from Massachusetts and from Maine; born in Halifax, Plymouth County, Mass., April 11, 1761; served in the Revolutionary Army from April 1, 1777, until March 1780; was graduated from Harvard University in 1787; studied theology; was ordained to the ministry and licensed to preach; located in Winslow, Maine (then a district of Massachusetts), and was pastor of the Congregational Church for nearly twenty years; served in the Massachusetts senate in 1810; member of the Massachusetts house of representatives in 1811 and 1812; elected as Republican from Massachusetts to the Sixteenth Congress (March 4, 1819-March 3, 1821); when the State of Maine was separated from Massachusetts and admitted as a State into the Union was elected as a Republican Representative from Maine to the Seventeenth Congress; and reelected as an Adams-Clay Republican to the Eighteenth Congress (March 4, 1821-March 3, 1825); served in the Maine senate in 1828; member of the Maine house of representatives in 1834; died in Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine, on January 27, 1834; interment in a tomb on the State grounds, Augusta, Maine.

Parents: Abner Cushman, Mary Tilson
Spouse: Lucy Jones
Born: abt 1760 in Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Died: 13 Jan 1847 in Winslow, Kennebec, Maine
Children Sex Birth
Charles Cushman M 28 Sep 1802 in Winslow, Kennebec, Maine

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Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

Rev. Joshua Cushman, born in 1758 or 1759 in Halifax, Mass., served in the revolutionary war from April, 1777, until March, 1780. He graduated from Harvard in 1787, and June 10, 1795, was ordained in Winslow. He served once as senator and twice as representative to Boston before Maine was made a state. He was three times elected representative to congress from this district. In 1828 he was in the Maine state senate, and in 1833 was elected representative from Winslow, and died in office January 27, 1834. He married Lucy, daughter of Paul Jones. Their only child, Charles, born in 1802, has been a farmer, and though still occupying the farm where he settled in 1823, the management of the farm is left to his son. His wife is Jane, daughter of Charles Hayden. Their children are: Joshua, Charles Edward, Henry H., George W. and Howard S. Charles Edward married Susan L., daughter of William E Drummond, and has one son, Fred H. Charles E. is a carpenter and farmer and lives on a part of his father's homestead.

Illustrated History of Kennebec County, Maine, H. W. Blake & Co., 1892, Page 559