Josiah Bartlett

The youngest of seven children, Josiah Bartlett determined at an early age he wanted to be a doctor, and so began his apprenticeship at age sixteen. After five years of delivering babies, mixing medicines, and fixing broken bones, he was declared ready and hung out his shingle as Dr. Bartlett. At the age of 25 he married his cousin Mary and he brought twelve of his own children into the world. His character, honesty, and impartiality, not to mention his competence, made him popular in the community, so much so that he was appointed justice of the peace and commander of the local militia company. He was elected to the provincial assembly in 1765.