Jonathan Freeman (representative)

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Jonathan Freeman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1797 – March 4, 1801
Preceded by Nicholas Gilman
Succeeded by Samuel Livermore
Member of the New Hampshire Senate
In office
Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1745-03-21)March 21, 1745
Mansfield, Tolland County
Connecticut, USA
Died August 20, 1808(1808-08-20) (aged 63)
Hanover, Grafton County
New Hampshire, USA
Resting place Hanover Center Cemetery
Hanover, Grafton County
New Hampshire
Citizenship USA
Political party Federalist Party
Spouse(s) Sarah Huntington Freeman
Children Peyton R. Freeman
Jonathan Freeman
Christopher Freeman
Edward Freeman
Sarah Freeman
Samuel Freeman(died as infant)
Son Freeman (died as infant)
Asa Freeman
Samuel Freeman (died as infant)
Samuel Freeman
Hanna Freeman
Profession Farmer

Jonathan Freeman (March 21, 1745 – August 20, 1808) was an American politician and a United States Representative from New Hampshire.

Early life[edit]

Born in Mansfield, Connecticut, Freeman attended the public schools and moved to New Hampshire in 1769, settling in Hanover.


Freeman engaged in agricultural pursuits and was town clerk from March 1778 to December 1787.[1] He was also justice of the peace and, from 1789 to 1797, executive councilor. He was Treasurer of Dartmouth College from 1789 to 1808 as well as a Trustee of the College from 1793 to 1808.[2]

A member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1787 to 1789, Freeman also served in the State senate from 1789 to 1794. He was a delegate to the Constitutional convention of 1791, and a member of the State council.[3]

Elected as a Federalist to the Fifth and Sixth Congresses, Freeman served as United States Representative for the state of New Hampshire from March 4, 1797 to March 3, 1801.[4] After his service, he resumed agricultural pursuits.


Freeman died in Hanover on August 20, 1808 (age 63 years, 152 days). He is interred at Hanover Center Cemetery, Hanover, New Hampshire.

Family life[edit]

Son of Edmund and Martha Otis Freeman,[5] Freeman married Sarah Huntington on February 2, 177,[6] and she bore eleven children of whom nine lived beyond infancy, Peyton R., Jonathan, Christopher, Edward, Sarah, Asa, Samuel, and Hanna.[7] His nephew, Nathaniel Freeman, Jr., was also a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.[8]


  1. ^ The Records of the Town of Hanover, New Hampshire 1761-1818 : the Records of Town Meetings and of the Selectmen, Comprising All of the First Volume of Records and Being Volume 1 of the Printed Records of the Town, Volume 1. The Town, 1905 - Hanover (N.H. : Town). Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Jonathan Freeman". Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Huntington Family Association, Huntington, Huntington, Samuel, Richard Thomas. The Huntington Family in America: A Genealogical Memoir of the Known Descendants of Simon Huntington from 1633 to 1915, Including Those who Have Retained the Family Name, and Many Bearing Other Surnames. Huntington family association, 1915. p. 289. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Capace, Nancy. Encyclopedia of New Hampshire. North American Book Dist LLC, Jan 1, 2001 - New Hampshire. p. 393. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Jonathan Freeman". 2012 Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Jonathan Freeman". Freeman Families. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Freeman Genealogy. Boston: Franklin Press: Rand, Avery, and Company 1875. p. 126. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Scales, John. History of Strafford County, New Hampshire and Representative Citizens. Richmond-Arnold, 1914 - Strafford County (N.H.). p. 38. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Nicholas Gilman
U.S. Representative of New Hampshire
Succeeded by
Samuel Livermore