Thomas Cogswell

Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Cogswell, 15th Regiment Massachusetts Continental Line – Original Member

Thomas Cogswell was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, August 4, 1746, died in Gilmanton, New Hampshire, September 3, 1810. Before the war he was by occupation a leather dresser; Lieutenant in the Lexington Alarm, April 19, 1775; Captain in Gerrish’s Massachusetts Regiment, May 19-December 1775; Captain, 26th Continental Infantry, January 1-December 31, 1776; Major, 1st Massachusetts, January 21, 1777; Lieutenant Colonel, 15th Massachusetts, November 26, 1779; retired from the Army, January 1, 1781, and settled in Gilmanton, where his wife had been living during the war with her parents. He held a number of town offices there; also from 1784 through 1810 was Chief Judge of the New Hampshire Court of Common Pleas.

Abstracted from James Archer O’Reilly III, Memorials of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati (Boston 2004), pp. 84-85. Thomas Cogswell has been represented in the Massachusetts Society from 1876-1922 and from 1941-1979. He was represented in the New Hampshire Society from 2015 to 2017.