Phineas Bruce

Hon. Phineas Bruce (June 7, 1762 – October 4, 1809) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts who was unable to serve in the U.S. Congress due to his declining health.

Hon. Phineas Bruce, 8th U.S. Congress
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 17th district
In office
March 4, 1803 – 1804?
Preceded byNone
Succeeded byJohn Chandler
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
Personal details
Born(1762-06-07)June 7, 1762
Mendon, Province of Massachusetts Bay, British America
DiedOctober 4, 1809(1809-10-04) (aged 47)
Uxbridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
Resting placeProspect Hill Cemetery, Uxbridge
Political partyFederalist
Alma materYale University


Prospect Hill Cemetery, burial place for Hon. Phineas Bruce.

Phineas Bruce was born in Mendon in the Province of Massachusetts Bay on June 7, 1762. He received a classical education and was graduated from Yale College in 1786. He studied law.

He was admitted to the bar in 1790 and commenced practice in Machias, Maine (then a district of Massachusetts). He served as member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives 1791-1798 and in 1800.

Bruce was elected as a Federalist to the Eighth Congress commencing March 4, 1803 – 1805, but was prevented by illness from qualifying. He died in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, October 4, 1809 and was interred in the Old Burying Ground and later reinterred in Prospect Hill Cemetery.


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  • United States Congress. "Phineas Bruce (id: B000970)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.