Mr. Francis D. Channing, Esq.
The oldest of a remarkable group of brothers, Mr. Channing was born on August 16, 1775 in Newport, RI and was the brother of Rev. William Ellery Channing.
Graduating from Harvard in 1794 where he gave the salutatory oration in Latin, he became a lawyer, a State representative, and Secretary of the Boston Social Law Library. Known for his oratory, he was appointed a public orator for the City of Boston for their July 4 celebrations in 1806, an honor shared in various years by six of our founders. He died at sea, while on a passage to Rio de Janeiro on Nov. 5, 1810 at the tender age of 35, leaving an infant son.