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Happy Birthday Mercy Otis Warren

Today we celebrate the birthday of Mercy Otis Warren, born on September 28, 1728, in Barnstable. In a time when women rarely had formal education, this Cape Cod woman defied the norm, studying alongside her brothers and becoming a prolific writer and revolutionary figure.

Did You Know?

Mercy Otis Warren held a crucial position within the American independence movement. She provided guidance and exchanged letters with prominent figures such as Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and John Adams.

Today, on the front steps of Barnstable County Superior Courthouse, statues of both Mercy Otis Warren and her brother James Otis stand proudly, a testament to their enduring legacy in Cape Cod’s rich history.