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HOLTEN, Samuel

1738–1816

Biography

HOLTEN, Samuel, a Delegate and a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Danvers, Mass., June 9, 1738; completed preparatory studies; studied medicine and practiced in Gloucester, Mass., for a short time; returned to Danvers and continued the practice of medicine; member of the State house of representatives in 1787; served in the State senate 1780-1782, 1784, 1786, 1789, and 1790; member of the Governor's council 1780-1782, 1784, 1786, 1789-1792, 1795, and 1796; Member of the Provincial Congress 1774-1775; member of the committee of safety in 1775; Member of the Continental Congress 1778-1780, 1783-1785 and 1787; elected president pro tempore August 17, 1785; member of the State constitutional convention in 1779; elected as an Anti-Administration candidate to the Third Congress (March 4, 1793-March 3, 1795); appointed judge of the probate court for Essex County in 1796 and served until his resignation in 1815; died in Danvers, Mass., on January 2, 1816; interment in the Holten Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: ca. 1630-1843, 1.6 linear feet. The papers of Samuel Holten include correspondence relating chiefly to his service in the Massachusetts Council, Massachusetts Provincial Congress, U.S. Continental Congress, and the U.S. House of Representatives; and account books, bills, and receipts documenting Samuel Holten's life and medical practice in Danvers, Massachusetts. The collection is also available on microfilm. A finding aid is available in the library.
Papers: In the Peter Force Papers, 1757-1774, 3 volumes. These account books of Samuel Holten document medical services rendered to patients in Danvers and Gloucester, Massachusetts. The collection is also available on microfilm. A finding aid is available in the library.
Papers: In the James Sullivan Papers, 1776-1789, 4 items. Correspondents include Samuel Holten.

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 1787, 1 item. A letter from Samuel Holten asking for support in his son's candidacy to be appointed U.S. Consul at Isle de France (Mauritius).

Cornell University
Carl A. Kroch Library

Ithaca, NY
Papers: In Washington Irving's "Life of George Washington," Volume XII, Miscellany, 1769-1838, 74 items. Correspondents include Samuel Holten.

Massachusetts Historical Society

Boston, MA
Papers: 1748-1815, 1 box. The papers of Samuel Holten contain mainly of retained copies of correspondence relating to his various positions, receipted bills, and accounts dated 1800-1815 which relate to his work as Judge of Probate.

Peabody Essex Museum

Salem, MA
Papers: 1769-1816, 1 envelope. The papers of Samuel Holten include chiefly correspondence relating to appointments, government business, and medical and legal affairs, as well as bills and receipts.
Papers: In the Samuel Page Papers, ca. 1777-1871, 1 linear foot. The papers include a eulogy written by Samuel Page for his friend, Samuel Holten.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Wadsworth, Benjamin. A Discourse delivered Jan. 5, 1816, in the brick meeting house in Danvers, at the interment of the Honorable Samuel Holten. Andover, MA: Flagg and Gould, 1816.

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