Huske, John (1724-1773)

Merchant and politician.

After beginning a mercantile career in Boston, Huske moved to England and was a Member of Parliament from Maldon (1763-73). Bostonians, in the mistaken belief that Huske had authored the Stamp Act, burned him in effigy.

In reality Huske was very sympathetic toward the colonial cause. Accusations of embezzlement precipitated his 1772 flight to Paris, where he died the following year.

Huske had an illegitimate son, apprenticed in America, on whose behalf one of his former employees wrote to Franklin in 1777.

Born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.