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DEXTER, Samuel

DEXTER, Samuel
Library of Congress


DEXTER, Samuel, a Representative and a Senator from Massachusetts; born in Boston, Mass., on May 14, 1761; graduated from Harvard College in 1781; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1784 and commenced practice in Lunenburg, Mass.; member, State house of representatives 1788-1790; elected to the Third Congress (March 4, 1793-March 3, 1795); elected as a Federalist to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1799, until May 30, 1800, when he resigned to enter the Cabinet; appointed Secretary of War by President John Adams 1800; appointed Secretary of the Treasury 1801; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C.; moved to Boston, Mass., in 1805 and continued the practice of law; declined the appointment of Minister to Spain in 1815; unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1816; died in Athens, Greene County, N.Y., May 4, 1816; interment in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, 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: 7 items.

Brown University

Providence, RI
Papers: March 2, 1801. 1 letter. From John Adams.

Harvard University
Houghton Library

Cambridge, MA
Papers: 9 items.

Massachusetts Historical Society

Boston, MA
Papers: 60 items (ca. 1731-1816) in various collections. Includes commonplace book and letters on politics.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: 1800-1808. 10 items.

New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections

Albany, NY
Papers: In Autographs of American authors and statesmen collection, ca.1770-1865.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Sargent, Lucius Manlius. Reminiscences of Samuel Dexter. Boston: H.W. Dutton & Son, 1857.

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