Dexter, Samuel, 1761-1816

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Dexter was graduated from Harvard in 1781 and admitted to the Worcester bar in 1784. He served as a member of the Massachusetts legislature from 1788-1790 and as a U.S. Congressman from 1793-1795. In 1799, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, but left in 1800 when he was appointed Secretary of War. From 1801-1802, Dexter served as Secretary of the Treasury. During the latter part of his career, he practiced law in Massachusetts. --James Savage (AB Harvard College, 1803) studied law with Isaac Parker in Portland, Maine and Samuel Dexter and William Sullivan in Boston. He later became active in Massachusetts politics, was librarian (1814-1818) and treasurer (1820-1839) of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Harvard overseer (1838-1853), and a founder of the Provident Institute for Savings in Boston.

From the description of Letter to Elbridge Gerry and note certifying employment of James Savage, 1792, 1805. (Harvard Law School Library). WorldCat record id: 235086707

Dexter was a Massachusetts lawyer. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1793-1795); U. S. Senate (1799-1800); Secretary of War (1800-1801) and Secretary of the Treasury (1801).

From the description of [Letter] 1801 Feb. 14, Washington [to] Sir / Saml. Dexter. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 232638071

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creatorOf Dexter, Samuel, 1761-1816. [Letter] 1801 Feb. 14, Washington [to] Sir / Saml. Dexter. Smith College, Neilson Library
creatorOf Dexter, Samuel, 1761-1816. Autograph letter signed Sam'l Dexter to: [Benjamin Lincoln, Esq.]. Wellesley College
creatorOf United States. War Dept. Letter : [Washington, D.C.], to David Henley, [Knoxville, Tenn.], 1800 Nov. 19. Newberry Library
referencedIn Huntington, Jedediah, 1743-1818. Papers of Jedediah Huntington, 1790-1806. New London County Historical Society
creatorOf Adams, John, 1736-1826. Letter, 1801, March 2, Washington, D.C., to Samuel Dexter, Esq., Secretary of the Treasury. Brown University Archives, John Hay Library
referencedIn Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852. Letter, 1806 December 26, Boston, to Thomas W. Thompson, Washington. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Dexter, Samuel, 1761-1816. Thoughts on the immortality of the soul / by Samuel Dexter written three weeks previous to his death : manuscript, [18--] Houghton Library
referencedIn Hoar, George Frisbie. 1826-1904. Autograph collection, 1598-1945 Houghton Library
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part I: The Revolution and the Administration, 1669-1958. Houghton Library
creatorOf Dexter, Samuel. Letter to the firm of Parker & Poor. 1819. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, ca. 1852-ca. 2004 Harvard University Archives.
creatorOf Tilghman, Edward, 1751-1815. Letter to Samuel Dexter, 13 November 1796. Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn New York State Library. Manuscripts and Special Collections Unit. Autographs of American authors and statesmen collection, ca.1770-1865. American Periodical Series I
creatorOf Dexter, Samuel, 1761-1816. Letter to Elbridge Gerry and note certifying employment of James Savage, 1792, 1805. Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
creatorOf Dexter, Samuel, 1761-1816. Note, 1806 July 29. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn North, S. N. D. (Simon Newton Dexter), 1849-1924. Papers of S.N.D. North, circa 1918. Library of Congress
referencedIn Lane, Wolcott Griswold, d. 1956. Wolcott G. Lane collection, 1930. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Dexter, Samuel, 1761-1816. Autograph letter signed Sam'l Dexter to: [Benjamin Lincoln] March 17, 1801. Wellesley College
creatorOf Dexter, Samuel, 1761-1816. Antimasonry. Minuteman Library Network
referencedIn Albert C. Greene Papers, 1804-1863 Rhode Island Historical Society
creatorOf Greenleaf family. Papers, 1748-1852. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn Clarke, James Freeman, 1810-1888. Additional correspondence, 1787-1886 Houghton Library
referencedIn Taggart, Samuel, 1754-1825. Letters, 1814-1817, to the Rev. Jedidiah Morse [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
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associatedWith Adams, John, 1736-1826. person
associatedWith Albert, Greene person
associatedWith Clarke, James Freeman, 1810-1888 person
associatedWith Dearborn, Frederick M. (Frederick Myers), b. 1876 person
associatedWith Gerry, Elbridge, 1744-1814, person
associatedWith Greenleaf, family
associatedWith Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904 person
associatedWith Huntington, Jedediah, 1743-1818. person
associatedWith Lane, Wolcott Griswold, d. 1956. person
associatedWith Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810. person
associatedWith New York State Library. Manuscripts and Special Collections Unit. corporateBody
associatedWith North, S. N. D. (Simon Newton Dexter), 1849-1924. person
associatedWith Savage, James, 1784-1873. person
associatedWith Taggart, Samuel, 1754-1825. person
associatedWith Tilghman, Edward, 1751-1815. person
correspondedWith United States. War Dept. corporateBody
associatedWith Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852. person
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Birth 1761-05-14

Death 1816-05-04

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