OSGOOD, Samuel

1748–1813

Biography

OSGOOD, Samuel, a Delegate from Massachusetts; born in Andover, Essex County, Mass., February 3, 1748; was graduated from Harvard College in 1770; studied theology; engaged in mercantile pursuits; delegate to the Essex County convention in 1774; member of the Provincial Congress; entered the Revolutionary Army as captain and left the service as colonel and assistant quartermaster; Member of the Continental Congress 1781-1784; member of the state senate, 1780; member of the state house of representatives in 1784; a commissioner of the United States Treasury 1785-1789; Postmaster General in the administration of President Washington 1789-1791; moved to New York City; member of the state assembly 1800-1803; Supervisor of Internal Revenue for the District of New York; appointed naval officer at the port of New York May 10, 1803, and served until his death, August 12, 1813; interment in the Brick Presbyterian Church, New York City; reinterment in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y., June 12, 1856.

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

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External Research Collections

The New-York Historical Society
Manuscript Collections

New York, NY
Papers: 1775-1812, 70 items. The papers of Samuel Osgood include correspondence, memoranda, abstracts, financial reports and statements, and related documents, 1775-1812, of U.S. statesman Samuel Osgood, many pertaining to finances, the public accounts and national debt, relations with France, banks, and supplies for the army. A calendar is available in the repository.

Cornell University
Carl A. Kroch Library

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

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Field-Osgood Family Papers, ca. 1702-1938, 7 linear feet. Persons represented include Samuel Osgood. A finding aid is available in the library and online.

Massachusetts Historical Society

Boston, MA
Papers: In the Elisha Porter Papers, 1762-1822, 1 box. Other authors include Samuel Osgood. An unpublished guide is available in the repository.

The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts

New York, NY
Papers: 1803, 1 item. A letter from Samuel Osgood to the Cashier of the Bank of Albany written on July 25, 1803.

The New York Public Library
Rare Books and Manuscripts Division

New York, NY
Papers: In the Gerry-Townsend Papers, 1675-1846, 1 linear foot . Correspondents include Samuel Osgood.

New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections

Albany, NY
Papers: 1808, 1 page. A letter from Samuel Osgood to DeWitt Clinton written on February 6, 1808. In the letter, Samuel Osgood solicits De Witt Clinton's influence on behalf of Capt. Joseph Hardy, Jr. for the position of harbor master for New York City.

The Rosenbach Museum & Library

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1787, 1 item. A letter from the United States Board of Treasury to Thomas Smith written on May 15, 1787. In the letter, the Board directs Thomas Smith as commissioner of the Loan Office for Pennsylvania to publish an advertisement (not present) of a sale of public lands in the Western Territory. The letter was written and signed by Treasury Commissioner Samuel Osgood and signed by two other commissioners, Walter Livingston and Arthur Lee.

Rutgers University Libraries
Rare Books and Special Collections

New Brunswick, NJ
Papers: In the New Jersey Correspondence, 1773-1954, 39 items and 1 envelope. Persons represented include Samuel Osgood.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Osgood, Samuel. The House of Many Mansions: A Sermon, Preached on Sunday, June 5, 1859, in the Church of the Messiah. New York: Printed by John F. Trow, 1859.

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