Samuel Livermore

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Samuel Livermore
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President pro tempore of the United States Senate
In office
May 6, 1796 – December 4, 1796
December 2, 1799 – December 29, 1799
President George Washington
John Adams
Preceded by Henry Tazewell
James Ross
Succeeded by William Bingham
Uriah Tracy
United States Senator
from New Hampshire
In office
March 4, 1793 – June 12, 1801
Preceded by Paine Wingate
Succeeded by Simeon Olcott
Personal details
Born (1732-05-23)May 23, 1732
Waltham, Massachusetts Bay
Died May 18, 1803(1803-05-18) (aged 71)
Holderness, New Hampshire
Political party Pro-Administration
Federalist
Alma mater College of New Jersey
Profession Law

Samuel Livermore (May 25, 1732 – May 18, 1803) was a U.S. politician. He was a U.S. Senator from New Hampshire from 1793 to 1801 and served as President pro tempore of the United States Senate in 1796 and again in 1799.

Livermore was born in Waltham, Massachusetts, and attended Waltham schools. He graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1752, He then studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1756, and commenced practice in Waltham. He moved to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1758 and later to Londonderry. He was a member of the New Hampshire General Court (the state's general assembly) 1768-1769. He was judge-advocate in the Admiralty court and Attorney General from 1769 to 1774. He moved to Holderness in 1775 and was State attorney for three years.

Livermore was a Member of the Continental Congress from 1780 to 1782 and again from 1785 to 1786. He was Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court of Judicature from 1782 to 1789, and a member of the State constitutional convention in 1788. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives for the First and Second Congresses, serving from March 4, 1789 to March 4, 1793. He was chairman of the House Committee on Elections in the Second Congress.

Livermore was president of the State constitutional convention in 1791 and in 1792 was elected as a Federalist to the United States Senate and was reelected in 1798 and served from March 4, 1793, until his resignation effective June 12, 1801, due to ill health. He served as President pro tempore of the Senate during the Fourth and Sixth Congresses.

Livermore died in Holderness, New Hampshire and is interred in Trinity Churchyard there.

Livermore was the father of Arthur Livermore, a U.S. Representative from New Hampshire, and Edward St. Loe Livermore, a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

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United States Senate
Preceded by
Paine Wingate
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from New Hampshire
1793–1801
Served alongside: John Langdon, James Sheafe
Succeeded by
Simeon Olcott
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry Tazewell
President pro tempore of the United States Senate
May 6, 1796 – December 4, 1796
Succeeded by
William Bingham
Preceded by
James Ross
President pro tempore of the United States Senate
December 2, 1799 – December 29, 1799
Succeeded by
Uriah Tracy