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Mercy Otis was born September 25, 1728, in Barnstable, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. She was the first daughter and the third of thirteen children born to Mary Allyne and Colonel James Otis. Mercy was named for her father's mother. Her ancestors included Puritans (a Protestant group who advocated strict moral conduct and reform of the Church of England) who arrived at Plymouth, Massachusetts, on the Mayflower in 1620. The passengers on board this ship were among the hearty settlers who began the British colonization of North America. By the eighteenth century, the Otis family was well established in Barnstable.

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James Otis was a farmer and militia officer whose income allowed the family to live comfortably. He later studied law and served as a judge in the county court. Mercy was especially close to her eldest brother, James, who was called...

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