SHAYS, DANIEL (1747-1825), American soldier, the leader of Shays's Insurrection in W. Massachusetts in 1786-1787 (see MASSACHUSETTS: History), was born in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, in 1747. In the War of Independence he served as second lieutenant in a Massachusetts regiment from May to December 1775, became captain in the sth Massachusetts regiment in January 1 7 7 7 , and resigned his commission in October 1780. After the collapse of Shays's Insurrection he escaped to Vermont. He was pardoned in June 1788, and died at Sparta, New York, on the 2Qth of September 1825.
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