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SHERBURNE, John Samuel

1757–1830

Biography

SHERBURNE, John Samuel, a Representative from New Hampshire; born in Portsmouth, N.H., in 1757; was graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., in 1776 and from the law department of Harvard University; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Portsmouth, N.H., in 1776; served in the Revolutionary Army and attained the rank of major; elected as an Anti-Administration candidate to the Third Congress and reelected as a Republican to the Fourth Congress (March 4, 1793-March 3, 1797); United States district attorney for New Hampshire 1801-1804; appointed judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire and served from May 1804 until his death in Portsmouth, N.H., August 2, 1830.

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External Research Collections

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 2 letters.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1776-1812, 18 items. Chiefly letters between John Samuel Sherburne and Benjamin Austin of Boston concerning Sherburne's dry goods business. Other correspondents include John Langdon, Edward Phelon, John Sherburne, John Wendell, and William Whipple. Includes a statement of accounts (1776) with Ebenezer Foster.

Portsmouth Athenaeum

Portsmouth, NH
Papers: 1819, 2 items. Two letters written by John Samuel Sherburne while judge of the U.S. District Court for New Hampshire. The first (20 Sept. 1819) to Judge Joseph Story discusses arrangements for accommodations in Exeter, N.H., and the death of John Langdon, and the second (3 Oct. 1819) discusses travel to Exeter for participation in court proceedings.
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