“John resided in Scituate, Mass. He was a deputy to the General Court in 1692; Chief Justice of the Inferior Court of Plymouth, from 1702 to 1710; representative member for Massachusetts of the Governor’s Council, from 1708 to 1728; and Judge of His Majesty’s Superior Court of Judicature of Massachusetts from 1728 to his death in 1737. The Superior Court of Massachusetts, from its foundation in 1692 until its overthrow by the Revolution, had 33 Justices, the Bench consisting of five members. Among these were John Cushing 1728, his son John Cushing Jr., and his grandson William Cushing. Rev. Josiah Cotton of Plymouth says of him: ‘He was a gentleman well versed in law, the life and soul of our Court while he continued in it, a man in the main of justice and integrity.’ In 1723 he was Lieut. Col. of the Plymouth Regiment, which at that time probably embraced all the local militia of the County.”48
He married Deborah Loring on May 20, 1688 Together they had 9 children:
He married Sarah Thaxter on March 18, 1713.
He died on January 19, 1738 in Scituate, Massachusetts.
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