Thomas Cushing is an Illinois trial and appellate attorney specializing in products liability, railroad litigation and commercial cases.
Cushing represented Boston in the Massachusetts assembly from 1761-1774 and served as Speaker of the House. He communicated regularly with Benjamin Franklin who represented his colony at Parliament.
Early Life and Education
Thomas Cushing was born in Boston on March 24, 1725. His father operated a counting house where Samuel Adams worked, becoming friends. Cushing later joined the Patriot movement in Boston; becoming a member of the Massachusetts General Court (or legislature). Following Governor Thomas Hutchinson’s rejection of James Otis as speaker choice, Cushing was appointed instead as speaker by governor Hutchinson.
Cushing was actively engaged in organizing a trade boycott against Great Britain as a member of the legislature, signing documents protesting British policies with his signature attached, prompting officials in London to view him as an angry radical. Furthermore, he engaged in communications with Benjamin Franklin who often advocated on behalf of his legislature before lobbyists at London seeking ways to ease rising tensions during the American Revolution.
Cushing, an Illinois-licensed attorney, previously served as judge in the Cook County Circuit Court 9th Subcircuit. Additionally, he held positions as hearing officer and mediator within both Law and Chancery Divisions as well as being pro bono counsel at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services.
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Achievement and Honors
Thomas Cushing was John and Olive Cushing’s youngest son who died aboard the Ranger during the Revolution. Several of his older brothers had already perished overseas during this conflict. Thomas played an instrumental role in leading America towards independence; serving as both Commissioner of Marine Affairs and Militia Commissary.
At Boston, he represented Boston in the Provincial Congress from 1761 until its dissolution, often serving as Speaker of its lower house. Throughout this time he frequently protested British taxation – leading officials in London to consider him a radical. Although he attended both Continental Congresses, he opposed any separation from Great Britain.
He served on the Massachusetts convention that ratified the United States Constitution and as lieutenant governor. Additionally, he founded the American Academy of Arts and Sciences before his death on February 28, 1788 in Boston.
Thomas Cushing was an amazing 33-year-old who managed to accomplish more in life than most would ever dream. Those that knew him miss his quick wit and affectionate sarcasm, as well as his commitment to staying substance free after a misdemeanor drug charge was brought against him.
While he initially found independence a source of hardship, he nonetheless served in both Continental Congresses – serving in both as an officer in charge of provisioning soldiers while expanding his family merchant business through this role.
Cushing was also an active member of the Massachusetts General Court, serving as speaker until its dissolution in October 1766. He regularly corresponded with Benjamin Franklin when representing Massachusetts at Westminster.
Thomas Cushing was an esteemed merchant, statesman, and legislator from Boston. Until its dissolution in 1774 – serving both in Massachusetts General Court as speaker of lower house as well as serving on First Continental Congress (though reluctantly). Cushing signed both Articles of Association and Olive Branch Petition with England for independence.
He has been actively engaged in pro bono legal work, most notably as the founding co-chair of a legal clinic at Loyola University Chicago. Additionally, he served on the Hearing Board of Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission and taught continuing legal education courses. His practice area encompasses general civil litigation as well as chancery matters.