The Life and Legacy of Joseph Hawley
Joseph Hawley was one of eighteenth-century Northampton’s most influential citizens. Hawley was a leading lawyer in Massachusetts, which, along with his political abilities, landed him a seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Here he met leaders of the Sons of Liberty and future president John Adams, all of whom came to rely on his expertise and leadership as the American Revolution drew nearer. Radical in his convictions, Hawley urged his fellow citizens to take up arms against British tyranny as early as August 1774. Throughout his life, he proved to be an ardent advocate for freedom and justice for all, being a proponent of democracy, religious freedom, and abolitionism. While having a profound impact on the young United States through his efforts on behalf of American independence, Hawley was also a compassionate benefactor to the people in his beloved Northampton. Hawley’s story will be told through what his desk, on display at Forbes Library, symbolizes: his love of learning, role in the Revolution, and lasting legacy.
This talk is presented by Samantha Dinnie, a Hawley researcher and admirer currently studying early American history at Western New England University.
- Wednesday, October 23, 2019
- 7:00pm - 8:30pm
- Coolidge Museum