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1757, Rhode Island Council Of War Signed Document, Supplies For Troops For Sale
This is a wonderful, original document dated 1757, Rhode Island, where the members of the Council of the Council of War have signed as having paid George Gibbs for the supply of bread to the state. Signed by John Gardner, Thomas Cranston and Peter Bours. Document is 4x5, overall very good condition.
John Gardner (17 September 1697- January 1764) served for more than eight years as the deputy governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, and was also a Chief Justice of the colony's Superior Court.
Gardner became a freeman in Newport in 1722 and was an assistant from 1732 to 1737. In 1737 he was on a committee with members from other colonies to help settle the disputed boundary line between New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Four years later he was on another committee to ascertain if two additional companies could be raised for the defense of the colony, and to determine if a fort should be erected on Goat Island for defense of the port. In 1744 he had the rank of Colonel, and was appointed commissary-general.
In 1743 he was elected general treasurer, and held this office until 1748, when he once again became an Assistant. In 1754 he was elected to the office of Deputy Governor of the colony, serving for one year, after which Jonathan Nichols, Jr. was elected. Nichols died during his second year in office, and Gardner was selected to replace him. Gardner then served in this office for seven more years until his death in January 1764. Simultaneously with his role as Deputy Governor, Gardner was also chosen as the colony's sixth Chief Justice of the Superior Court, a position he held for five years
Thomas Cranston (son of Samuel Cranston and Elizabeth Cornell) was born 30 Oct 1710 in Newport, Newport, RI, and died 19 May 1785 in Newport, Newport, RI. He married Mary Coggleshall on 16 Oct 1729 in Newport, Newport, RI, daughter of Joseph Coggleshall Sr and Mary Dyer.
May 04, 1731, admitted freeman
West Indies Merchant, sold distilled spirits
1754, Elected Speaker of the House
1757-1760, Served on Committee of War for French and Indian Wars
Sympathized with British during early part of Revolution.
Peter Bours (1706-1761) — of Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in 1706. Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Deputies, 1744-46, 1757-59. Died September 20, 1761 (age about 55 years).
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