SEWALL, Samuel

1757–1814

Biography

SEWALL, Samuel, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Boston, Mass., December 11, 1757; attended the common schools and was graduated from Harvard College in 1776; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Marblehead, Mass.; member of the State house of representatives 1784 and 1788-1796; elected as a Federalist to the Fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Benjamin Goodhue; reelected to the Fifth and Sixth Congresses and served from December 7, 1796, until his resignation on January 10, 1800; one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1798 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against William Blount, a Senator from Tennessee; associate judge of the supreme court of Massachusetts 1801-1813 and served as chief justice in 1813 and 1814; died in Wiscasset, Maine, June 8, 1814; interment in Ancient Cemetery; reinterment in the family tomb at Marblehead, Mass.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 1 document.

Huntington Library
Manuscripts Department

San Marino, CA
Papers: In the Thoreau and Sewall Families Papers, ca. 1790-1917, 135 pieces. Persons represented include Samuel Sewell.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: 1 letter (April 10, 1798) in the Ebenezer Stevens collection. Official correspondence. Finding aid in repository.

Peabody Essex Museum

Salem, MA
Papers: In the Tucker Family Papers, 1680-1878, 3.5 linear feet. Correspondents include Samuel Sewall.

Portsmouth Athenaeum

Portsmouth, NH
Papers: 1815, 1 item. A letter from William Lyman to Judge Samuel Sewall, written around 1815. In the letter, Lyman encloses medical accounts dating back to 1791, concerning claims on the estate of Major Samuel Sewall, deceased, detailing continuous treatment of a hydrocele and Mrs. Lyman's care of the patient, seeking financial compensation.
Papers: In the Nathaniel Barrell Shipping Papers, 1764-1805, 9 items. Persons represented include Judge Samuel Sewall.
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