Up    "Judge Paine was a firm believer in the divine origin of the Christian religion. He gave full credence to the scriptures, as a revelation from God, designed to instruct mankind in a knowledge of their duty, and to guide them in the way to eternal happiness." 


Robert Treat Paine


Schooled with religious upbringing, Paine was balanced and bred.

Speaking the law, he argued too often....or so it was said.



I desire to bless and praise the name of God most high for appointing me my birth in a land of Gospel Light where the glorious tidings of a Savior and of pardon and salvation through Him have been continually sounding in mine ears.    Robert Treat Paine, The Papers of Robert Treat Paine, Stephen Riley and Edward Hanson, editors (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1992), Vol. I, p. 48, March/April, 1749.

[W]hen I consider that this instrument contemplates my departure from this life
and all earthly enjoyments and my entrance on another state of existence, I am constrained to express my adoration of the Supreme Being, the Author of my existence, in full belief of his providential goodness and his forgiving mercy revealed to the world through Jesus Christ, through whom I hope for never ending happiness in a future state, acknowledging with grateful remembrance the happiness I have enjoyed in my passage through a long life . .  

Will of Robert Treat Paine   Military Chaplain   

        Robert Treat Paine worked as a full-time Congregationalist clergyman, among other occupations, prior to signing the Declaration of Independence.  Later he left Congregationalism and Calvinism and embraced Unitarianism as an alternative denomination within Protestant Christianity Robert G. Ferris (editor), Signers of the Declaration: Historic Places Commemorating the Signing of the Declaration of Independence, published by the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service: Washington, D.C. (revised edition 1975), page 115-116.    

        Paine led his class at Boston Latin School and entered Harvard College at the age of fourteen.  In addition to his study of the law, he devoted time to the subject of theology, which tended to enlarge his views of Christianity and to confirm his belief of its truth.  For a time after graduation he taught school, prepared himself for the ministry, and served as chaplain to the troops in a military expedition to the north in 1755.  B. J. Lossing, Signers of the Declaration of Independence, George F. Cooledge & Brother: New York (1848) [reprinted in Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, WallBuilder Press: Aledo, Texas (1995)], pages 37-38.   

 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

 II Peter 1:5

        He was admitted to the bar in 1757 and commenced practice in Boston.  As a friend of John Adams and John Hancock, he early became involved in the patriot movement.  He was delegate to the state convention at Boston in 1768, member of the colonial house of representatives in 1773, delegate to the Provincial Congress in 1774 and 1775, and member of the Continental Congress 1774-1776.

 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.

 Psalm 16:6       


    Rev. Charles A. Goodrich, Lives of the Signers to the Declaration of Independence, New York: William Reed & Co. (1856), pages 112-119 http://www.colonialhall.com/painert/painert.php      http://www.1911encyclopedia.org/Robert_Treat_Paine    Paine, Robert Treat. The Papers of Robert Treat Paine. Edited by Stephen T. Riley and Edward W. Hanson. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1992.



Robert Treat Paine  

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