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LIVERMORE, Samuel

1732–1803

Biography

LIVERMORE, Samuel, (father of Arthur Livermore and Edward St. Loe Livermore), a Delegate, a Representative, and a Senator from New Hampshire; born in Waltham, Middlesex County, Mass., May 14, 1732; attended Waltham schools, and graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1752; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1756 and commenced practice in Waltham, Mass.; moved to Portsmouth, N.H., in 1758 and later to Londonderry; member, State general assembly 1768-1769; judge-advocate in the Admiralty court and attorney general 1769-1774; moved to Holderness in 1775; State attorney for three years; Member of the Continental Congress 1780-1782 and 1785-1786; chief justice of the State supreme court 1782-1789; member of the State constitutional convention in 1788; elected to the First and Second Congresses (March 4, 1789-March 3, 1793); chairman, Committee on Elections (Second Congress); president of the State constitutional convention in 1791; elected as a Pro-Administration (later Federalist) to the United States Senate in 1792; reelected in 1798 and served from March 4, 1793, until his resignation effective June 12, 1801, due to ill health; served as President pro tempore of the Senate during the Fourth and Sixth Congresses; died in Holderness, Grafton County, N.H., May 18, 1803; interment in Trinity Churchyard.

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

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External Research Collections

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 2 letters.

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
Papers: 1780-1781. 3 items of correspondence.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1 item (1789) in the Dreer collection.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1786, no date. 4 items.

New Hampshire Historical Society

Concord, NH
Papers: A part of Livermore's journal, telling of his journey to college in 1751, quoted in a biographical sketch (140 pages, undated) by his grandson. Also contains copies of letters and other memoranda.

New York Public Library

New York, NY
Papers: 1 item (1789) in the Thomas Addis Emmet collection.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Corning, Charles R. Samuel Livermore: Address Before the Grafton and Coös Bar Assocation. Concord, NH: Republican Press Association, 1888.

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