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WADSWORTH, Peleg, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Duxbury, Mass., May 6, 1748; attended public and private schools, and was graduated from Harvard College in 1769; engaged in mercantile pursuits in Kingston, Mass.; served in the Revolutionary Army as an aide to Gen. Artemas Ward in 1776; engineer under General Thomas in 1776 and 1777; brigadier general of militia in 1777; adjutant general of Massachusetts in 1778; moved to Portland, Maine (then a district of Massachusetts), in 1784 and became a land agent; served in the Massachusetts senate in 1792; elected to the Third Congress and reelected as a Federalist to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1793-March 3, 1807); moved to Oxford County, Maine, in 1807 to survey and improve a large tract of land granted to him by the Government; died in Hiram, Oxford County, Maine, November 12, 1829; interment in the family cemetery at Wadsworth Hall.

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.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Wadsworth and Putnam Family Papers, 1704-1837, 157 items. Persons represented include Peleg Wadsworth.

Longfellow National Historic Site

Cambridge, MA
Papers: In the Wadsworth-Longfellow Family Papers, ca. 1610-1971, 27 linear feet. Highlights of the collection include the letters of Peleg Wadsworth, and his son-in-law Stephen Longfellow, written to their families while they served as U.S. congressmen.

Maine Historical Society

Portland, ME
Papers: 1778 and 1781, 12 items. Seven letters are to Peleg Wadsworth's wife Betsey (Elizabeth Bartlett Wadsworth), two are to other officers, and two are to him. Topics represented include prisoners of war in Maine, the Revolutionary War in Maine and Fort George (in Castine, Me.; at the time part of Massachusetts). A finding aid
Papers: 1784, 1 item. A receipt from Peleg Wadsworth to John Allen of Turner, Me., for back taxes for the year 1784.
Papers: 1795, 1 item. A letter from Peleg Wadsworth, to Samuel Bartlett. In the letter, Peleg Wadsworth writes about Jay's Treaty; Gen. Anthony Wayne's Indian victory; the need to assist Mrs. Samuel Bartlett to settle her affairs; and other matters.
Papers: In the Maine Militia Records, 1822-1838, amount unknown. Military papers of Peleg Wadsworth consisting of correspondence, regimental records, orders, and annual returns of Second Regiment of Infantry, Second Brigade, Sixth Division of the Maine Infantry; and constitution of Hiram Light Infantry Company.
Papers: In the John Muchemore Deeds, 1794-1840, 12 items. Deeds of John Muchemore for the purchase and sale of lands in Buxton and Gray, Me., together with a deed of Peleg Wadsworth.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: January 1 and 15, 1803. 2 letters. Finding aid in repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Dana, Richard Henry. Address on General Peleg Wadsworth, February 27, 1908. [Cambridge, Mass.: N.p., 1908].

Wadsworth, Peleg. Letters of General Peleg Wadsworth to His Son John, Student at Harvard College, 1796-1798. Biographical Chapter and Notes by George and Margaret Rose. Portland: Maine Historical Society, 1961.

------. A story about a little good boy: How he became a great man and had little good boys of his own. Portland, Maine: Privately printed at the Press of Lefavor-Tower Co., 1903.

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