Mercy Warren was one of the first woman authors in America. Her writings included political satires, plays, verse, and history. Best remembered as authoress of the first history of the American Revolution, published in 1805 in three volumes, she was a friend and correspondent of John Adams, Samuel Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and other leading political figures. Mercy Warren was the daughter of Colonel James Otis of Barnstable. She married James Warren, a Plymouth merchant, and had several sons.