James Otis Jr.
Portrait by Joseph Blackburn, 1755
|Died||May 23, 1783
Andover, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Resting place||Granary Burying Ground, Boston|
|Occupation||lawyer, political activist, pamphleteer and legislator|
Oration against British writs of assistance February 5, 1761 which catapulted him into the first ranks of Patriot leaders. The executive Courts must pass such acts into disuse." "A man's house is his castle.... this writ [of assistance] would totally annihilate this privilege.Custom-house officers may enter our houses when they please."
|Children||James, Elizabeth Brown
|Parent(s)||James Otis Sr.
James Otis Jr. (February 5, 1725 – May 23, 1783) was a lawyer in colonial Massachusetts, a member of the Massachusetts provincial assembly, and an early advocate of the Patriot views against British policy that led to the American Revolution. His catchphrase "Taxation without representation is tyranny" became the basic Patriot position.
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