Treaty of Paris Signing Re-Enacted at Braintree Town Hall
Patrick Leonard, Jr. asked the Town Council and those in the audience Tuesday night at Town Hall to imagine themselves on Sept. 3, 1783.
John Adams, a Braintree native, was the first that day to sign the Treaty of Paris, the document in which King George III agreed to America's independence.
Adams and Benjamin Franklin are the only men to have helped write and sign both the Declaration of Independence and Treaty of Paris. John Jay, future first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, also signed the treaty.
Braintree veterans looked on Tuesday as Leonard, Past President of the Braintree Bi-Centennial Time Capsule Society, narrated the treaty signing and Matthew Mees, President of the Braintree Historical Society, Private Henry M. Cooke IV of the Tenth Massachusetts Light Infantry regiment, and Capt. Joseph Paluzzi and Private George Roberts, both of the Ninth Massachusetts Regiment, re-enacted the historical moment.