If you came to visit us at Old City Hall this summer, you probably noticed this sculpture standing perfectly in the shade. Today's blog post is about him, Josiah Quincy III.
Josiah Quincy III was born on February 4, 1772. He was the son of Josiah Quincy II, a politically active lawyer and patriot. From 1805 to 1813, he was elected to the U.S House of Representatives from Massachusetts. He was part of the minority Federalist Party. During his time there, he attempted to exempt fishing vessels from the Embargo Act, urged the strengthening of the Navy, and vigorously opposed admittance of Louisiana as a state. In 1823, he became 2nd Mayor of Boston under a city charter (the city was settled in 1630). During his time as mayor he organized the construction of Quincy Market, it is named in his honor. He later became president of Harvard University in 1829. He died July 1, 1864.