David Cobb

David Cobb (1748 - 1830)

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Died in Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 28 Jan 2020 | Created 7 Dec 2012 | Last significant change: 28 Jan 2020
19:05: Paul Leonard edited the Birth Date for David Cobb (1748-1830). [Thank Paul for this]
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David Cobb was born March 14, 1748, the son of Capt. Thomas Cobb and Lydia Leonard.[1][2]

David was readied for college by Joseph Marsh Jr, who had a Latin private school in Braintree, Massachusetts.[2] He graduated from Harvard College in 1766.[3][2] David studied medicine with Dr Perkins, and settled in Taunton in 1766.[3][2] He married Eleanor Bradish that same year.[2]

David was a Major General in the Continental Army, an Adjutant and Trusted Loyal Aid to General George Washington, and a Hero of the American Revolution in Massachusetts. [4]

David was elected representative to the General Court in 1774 and 1789.[2] US Congressman. He was elected to represent Massachusetts's 3rd District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1793 to 1795.[3] He also served as a State Court Judge in 1784,[3][2] David was a member of the Massachusetts State House of Representatives in 1789,[3] Member of the Massachusetts State Senate in 1802, and Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts in 1809.

By 1796 he had moved to Gouldsborough, having been appointed agent of the great Bingham estate in Eastern Maine.[2] In Gouldsborough he laid out roads, and built wharves, storehouses, saw mills[3] and ships.[2] During this time, he stayed heavily engaged in political duties. The management of the Bingham estate passed to the hands of his son-in-law in 1820.[2] His health not well, he removed to Taunton, to live with his children.[2] His wife, Eleanor, had died in 1808.

In the year 1829, David moved to the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He died there on the 17th of April 1830,[1] and was buried by his wife in Taunton.[2]


In 1777 David joined the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel of the 16th Massachusetts Regiment; serving under Colonel Henry Jackson.[2][3] In 1785 he was elected Major General of the 5th Division of Massachusetts Militia.[2][3]

Research Notes

The Maine Historical Society states his birth date was 14 Sep 1748.



  1. 1.0 1.1 Emery Page 9 Biographical Section.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 Maine Historical Society. Collections of the Maine Historical Society (ME: The Society, 1895), 1.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Emery, Samuel Hopkins. History of Taunton, Massachusetts: From Its Settlement to the Present Time (Syracuse, NY: D. Mason & Co., 1893), 724.
  4. Judge "Shays Rebellion" Note: Please feel free to edit this. I was trying to edit for readibility, and unsure of the original intentions of this paragraph.

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