James Otis Biography, Life, Interesting Facts

Lawyer James Otis was born in 1702 in Massachusetts Colony in North America.

Rise To Fame

Otis was a member of the Popular Party and a colonel in the army.


He served as the Attorney General of Massachusetts Colony (1748) as well as on the Council of Massachusetts and as presiding judge of the Barnstable County Court of Common Pleas.

Personal Life

He married Mary Allyne and the couple had three children James Otis Jr., Samuel, and Mercy Otis Warren. His son James Otis Jr. was a political activist and pamphleteer, legislator and lawyer who advocated Patriot views which foreshadowed the American Revolution. Otis Sr. died in 1778 at the age of 75.