Nathaniel Silsbee

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Nathaniel Silsbee
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United States Senator from
In office
May 31, 1826 – March 4, 1835
Preceded by James Lloyd
Succeeded by John Davis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1817 – March 4, 1821
Preceded by Timothy Pickering
Succeeded by Gideon Barstow
President of the
Massachusetts State Senate
In office
Preceded by John Phillips
Succeeded by John Mills
Personal details
Born (1773-01-14)January 14, 1773
Salem, Massachusetts
Died July 14, 1850(1850-07-14) (aged 77)
Salem, Massachusetts
Political party Federalist, Whig
Spouse(s) Mary Crowninshield
Relations Jared Sparks, Son in law.[1]
Children Nathaniel Silsbee, Jr. , b. Dec. 2 1804[1]
Mary Crowninshield Silsbee, b. April 10, 1809[1]
Georgina Silsbee,
b. January 27, 1824[1] d. January 25, 1901.[2]
Occupation Merchant

Nathaniel Silsbee (January 14, 1773 – July 14, 1850) was an American politician from Massachusetts.

Silsbee was born in Salem, Massachusetts to Capt. Nathanial Silsbee and Sarah Beckett.[1] On December 12, 1802 Silsbee married Mary Crowinishield.[1]

Silsbee went to sea and became a sea captain, ship owner and merchant; he held several local offices in Salem and Boston.

Political career[edit]

United States House of Representatives[edit]

Silsbee was elected to the United States House of Representatives (March 4, 1817 – March 4, 1821). He was chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Military Pensions in the Twenty-first Congress. He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1820.

Massachusetts government[edit]

He was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1821 and the Massachusetts Senate (1823–1825), serving as president. He was a presidential elector in 1824.

United States Senate[edit]

He was elected to the United States Senate in 1826 to fill the vacancy in the term ending March 4, 1829, caused by the resignation of James Lloyd. He was re-elected in 1829 and served from May 31, 1826 to March 4, 1835. He was chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce in the Twenty-third Congress. He was a Whig presidential elector in 1836.


Silsbee resumed mercantile pursuits in Salem, where he died; interment in The Old Burying Ground, the second oldest cemetery in the US.


The town of Silsbee, Texas is named for him.

  1. ^ a b c d e f Cooke, Harriet Ruth Waters (1889), The Driver family: a genealogical memoir of the descendants of Robert and Phebe Driver, Cambridge, MA: University Press, p. 474. 
  2. ^ Perkins Institute and the Massachusetts School for the Blind (1902), Seventieth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Perkins Institute and the Massachusetts School for the Blind for the year ending August 31, 1901, Boston, MA: Perkins Institute and the Massachusetts School for the Blind, p. 47. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Timothy Pickering
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1817 - March 4, 1821
Succeeded by
Gideon Barstow
United States Senate
Preceded by
James Lloyd
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Massachusetts
May 31, 1826 - March 4, 1835
Served alongside: Elijah H. Mills, Daniel Webster
Succeeded by
John Davis
Political offices
Preceded by
John Phillips
President of the Massachusetts Senate
1823 – 1826
Succeeded by
John Mills