Born September 9, 1711, Thomas Hutchinson was a successful merchant, prominent politician and one of the most important loyalists in the Massachusetts Bay Colony before the American Revolution. He attended Harvard College and earned his degree at age 16. His political career began when he was elected as a selectman in 1737. He served in various posts in the Colonial government, including speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives nine years later. Hutchinson would play a major role in numerous events leading up to the American Revolution. The following are 10 additional facts related to the life of this influential figure.