Luminaries of Early West Barnstable: The Stories of a Cape Cod Village

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West Barnstable is unique among historic colonial Cape Cod hamlets. A quartet born in the little village in a fifty-six-year span in the eighteenth century marked this village on the map forever. James Otis Jr., "the Patriot," led the intellectual revolution and helped shape American independence. His sister, Mercy Otis Warren, broke free of the defined roles for women of her time to become a significant political activist, dramatist, poet and historian. War hero John "Mad Jack" Percival rose to the highest rank in the U.S. Navy and saved the USS "Constitution "from the scrap heap before sailing it around the world. America's magistrate Lemuel Shaw influenced the country from his seat as chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court. Few villages shone so brightly for their size. Join author James H. Ellis as he traces the stories of West Barnstable's luminaries and their profound village legacy.
ISBN: 9781626193154
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Massachusetts
Images: 50
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
James Ellis is past president and past vice-president of the West Barnstable Historical Society. He served as a trustee of Tales of Cape Cod and West Parish Memorial Foundation, is a member of the Barnstable 350th Anniversary Committee and chair of the Town Poor Farm Study Committee for historic preservation. He wrote Mad Jack Percival: The Legend of the Old Navy with Naval Institute Press and A Ruinous and Unhappy War: New England and the War of 1812 with Algora Publishing.