Nathaniel Peaslee Sargent

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Nathaniel Peaslee Sargent (frequently also spelled Sargeant, November 2, 1731 – October 12, 1791) was a Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court from 1782 to 1791. He was the second Chief Justice of the court from 1790 to 1791,[1] after the American revolution.


Nathaniel Peaslee Sargent was born in Methuen, Massachusetts on November 2, 1731 to Reverend Christopher Sargent and Susanna (Peaslee) Sargent. His father was descended from early settlers of Massachusetts.[2] He entered Harvard College, graduating in 1750, and receiving a master's degree in 1753. He then began practicing law in Haverhill. In 1759 he married Rhoda Barnard of Salisbury, with whom he had seven children.

Sargent was elected in 1775 to the Massachusetts Provincial Congress (the de facto government of the province at the time). He was offered a position on the Massachusetts Superior Court of Judicature (the province's highest court) by the congress' council, where he would serve for the rest of his life. He was a charter member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1780).[3] Following the independence of the United States, he was appointed to be chief justice in 1790 by Governor John Hancock.

He died in 1791 in Haverhill.[2]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Sargeant, Nathaniel Peaslee
  2. ^ a b Appletons' cyclopaedia of American biography, Volume 5
  3. ^ "Charter of Incorporation of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences". American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
Legal offices
New seat Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Succeeded by
Nathan Cushing
Preceded by
William Cushing
Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Succeeded by
Francis Dana