Rev. Andrew Eliot Writings and BiographyEliot, Rev. Andrew; Eliot, Rev. Andrew; 1718-1778; a prominent clergyman in Boston--upheld the Congregational Church in opposition to the Episcopalian Church; in the pre-1776 period a strong supporter of the American cause of "Liberty and Independence;" for example, in Election Sermon on May 29, 1765 (the same day Patrick Henry introduced his famous Resolutions in the Virginia legislature against the Stamp Act) delivered before the Royal Governor and the legislature of Massachusetts, he upheld the right of resistance against usurpers and tyranny.
Biographical data courtesy of The American Ideal of 1776: 12 Basic American Principles.