In this latter role, Timothy was chair of the military committee. He was commissioned colonel to command a regiment raised
in western Massachusetts, which he brought to join the Patriot forces around Boston. He was promoted to general following
the battle of Bunker Hill.
In 1777, he was appointed the first chief justice of Hampshire County's newly organized Court of Common Pleas. After the
end of the Revolutionary War, he was a member of the Massachusetts Consitutional Convention. With the outbreak of Shays' Rebellion
in 1786, a group of protestors attempted to block Judge Danielson's access to his courthouse, but still a very powerful man,
he is said to have picked up individual protestors with his bare hands and to have bulldozed a path for himself.
He had married Beulah Winchester in 1761, having two daughters with her. No record of Beulah's death has been found, but
Timothy is known to have been a widower by 1786 when, following the Shays' Rebellion, he married Eliza Sykes, who was 34 years
his junior. He and Eliza had three children