Kent, Benjamin (1708-1788)

Boston lawyer and ardent patriot.

Ordained to preach at Marlborough, Massachusetts (1733). Dismissed for being found guilty of heresy, professing unorthodox views, and for being “offensively erratic” (1735).

Practiced law successfully for the rest of his life. An ardent patriot, he served on many Boston committees during the Revolutionary War and made a fortune by owning and defending privateers.

Migrated to Halifax, Nova Scotia to join his family (1785).

Born in Charlestown, Massachusetts. A.B., Harvard (1727). Married Elizabeth Watts in 1740; had issue. Died in Halifax.