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Mercy Otis Warren Mercy Otis Warren was a pamphleteer and a playwright who attacked the British government She also fit time into be a wife and a mother to five sons while writing a three volume book published in 1805 called The Rise Progress and Termination of the American Revolution based on her first hand knowledge of the subject As a result of these accomplishments Mercy Otis Warren was an influential figure during the American Revolution Mercy Otis Warren was born on September 25 1728 in Barnstable Massachusetts near Plymouth Her parents were James Otis and Mary Allyne Otis they lived on a farm at Barnstable where James prospered as a merchant farmer and an attorney for seventy-six years James Otis also served as a judge of the court of common pleas for his country and a colonel in the militia Mercys great-great grandfather came to America on board the Mayflower as a servant and signed the Mayflower compact James Jr Joseph Mary Hannah Elizabeth and Samuel were the only seven plus herself out of her thirteen brothers and sisters that survived The Otises saw to is that their sons were prepared for college but the daughters were given no formal education As the daughter of one of the leaders of the country Mercy was exposed to frequent political discussions At times Mercy was also allowed to sit in on her brothers lessons while they were being tutored by their uncle the local minister Reverend Russel He let Mercy borrow books from his library She absorbed Sir Walter Raleighs History of the World 1614 and other classics with zeal From this she obtained a good education At the age of 16 Mercy was introduced to James Warren who at the time was attending Harvard College Their friendship evolved slowly into a courtship that lasted several years until they got married on November 14 1754 Mercy and James Warren had
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