James Otis

If there is a lost founding father, he is James Otis. John Adams said of him that his arguments against unjust laws were “a flame of fire. . .a profusion of legal authorities” and that he “never knew a man whose love of country was more ardent or sincere, never one who suffered so much, never one whose service for any ten years of his life were so important and essential.” Yet his name does not appear on the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution. He did not fight in the War for Independence, though his brothers, cousins and brother-in-law did. James Otis, nonetheless, was instrumental in bringing about the birth of a new nation.