Leverett Saltonstall I

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Leverett Saltonstall
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 2nd district
In office
December 5, 1838 – March 3, 1843
Preceded by Stephen C. Phillips
Succeeded by Daniel P. King
First Mayor of
Salem, Massachusetts
In office
April 1836 – December 1838
Preceded by Board of Selectmen
Succeeded by Stephen C. Phillips[1]
President of the
Massachusetts Senate[2]
In office
1831[3]-1832
Preceded by James Fowler
Succeeded by William Thorndike
Member of the
Massachusetts Senate
In office
1817-1819
In office
1831-1832
Member of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
1813-1814
In office
1816
In office
1822
In office
1829
In office
1834
In office
1844
Personal details
Born June 13, 1783
Haverhill, Massachusetts
Died May 8, 1845(1845-05-08) (aged 61)
Salem, Massachusetts
Resting place Harmony Grove Cemetery
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Mary Elizabeth Sanders[4]
Children Leverett Saltonstall
Profession Attorney
Religion Unitarian
Signature

Leverett Saltonstall (June 13, 1783 – May 8, 1845), was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts who also served as Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, President of the Massachusetts Senate,[5] the first Mayor of Salem, Massachusetts[6] and a Member of the Board of Overseers of Harvard College.[7]

Saltonstall was a great-grandfather of Massachusetts Governor and U.S. Senator Leverett Saltonstall, 1892-1979.

Early life and education[edit]

Saltonstall was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, June 13, 1783 as a member of the Saltonstall family. He pursued classical studies, attending Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire, and was graduated from Harvard University in 1802. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar association and commenced practice in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1805.

Salem City Hall & Mayor Leverett Saltonstall[edit]

Salem City Hall was built in 1837-38 under the supervision of Mayor Leverett Saltonstall and a committee appointed for that purpose. The cornerstone was laid on September 6, 1837. Artifacts buried beneath the cornerstone included copies of local newspapers, the Mayor's speech for the organization of City Government (May 9, 1836), and the new City Charter.

Estate of Simon Forrester[edit]

Saltonstall, his brother-in-law Dudley Leavitt Pickman and Nathaniel Bowditch all acted as trustees of the estate of Simon Forrester, a ship captain born in Ireland who became one of pioneers of Salem merchant shipping and one of Salem's leading merchants and philanthropists.[8][9]

Positions and offices[edit]

Death and burial[edit]

Leverett Saltonstall died in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, May 8, 1845, and rests in Harmony Grove Cemetery.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hurd, Duane Hamilton (1888), History of Essex County, Massachusetts: with Biographical Sketches of Many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men, Volume I, Issue 1, Philadelphia, PA: J.W. Lewis & Co., p. 225. 
  2. ^ Quincy, Josiah (1840), The history of Harvard University, Volume 1, Cambridge, MA: John Owen, p. 505. 
  3. ^ Quincy, Josiah (1840), The history of Harvard University, Volume 1, Cambridge, MA: John Owen, p. 505. 
  4. ^ Hurd, Duane Hamilton (1888), History of Essex County, Massachusetts: with Biographical Sketches of Many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men, Volume I, Issue 1, Philadelphia, PA: J.W. Lewis & Co., p. xxxvi. 
  5. ^ New England Historic Genealogical Society (1908), Memorial biographies of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Volume IX 1890-1897, Philadelphia, PA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, p. 254. 
  6. ^ Hurd, Duane Hamilton (1888), History of Essex County, Massachusetts: with Biographical Sketches of Many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men, Volume 1, Issue 1, Philadelphia, PA: J.W. Lewis & Co., p. 225. 
  7. ^ New England Historic Genealogical Society (1908), Memorial biographies of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Volume IX 1890-1897, Philadelphia, PA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, p. 254. 
  8. ^ Dudley Leavitt Pickman Papers, Phillips Library Collection, Peabody Essex Museum, pem.org
  9. ^ Simon Forrester, Historical Collections of the Essex Institute, Vol. IV, G.M. Whipple & A.A. Smith, Salem, 1862

Bibliography[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
James Fowler
President of the
Massachusetts Senate

1831 - 1832
Succeeded by
William Thorndike
Preceded by
Board of Selectmen
First Mayor of Salem, Massachusetts
1836 - 1838
Succeeded by
Stephen C. Phillips
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Stephen C. Phillips
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 2nd congressional district

December 5, 1838 – March 3, 1843
Succeeded by
Daniel P. King