Samuel Taggart

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Samuel Taggart
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1803 – March 3, 1817
Preceded by Josiah Smith
Succeeded by Samuel Clesson Allen
Personal details
Born (1754-03-24)March 24, 1754
Londonderry, New Hampshire
Died April 25, 1825(1825-04-25) (aged 71)
Colrain, Massachusetts
Resting place Chandler Hill Cemetery
Colrain, Massachusetts
Nationality US
Political party Federalist
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Duncan Taggart
Mary Ayer Taggart
Children Robert Taggart
Samuel D. Taggart
Daniel Taggart
Jean Taggart
Elizabeth Betsy Taggart
James Taggart
George Taggart
Mary Polly Taggart
Rufus Taggart
Esther Taggart
Lucy Taggart
Moses Taggart
Catherine Taggart
Mary Ann Taggart
William Ayer Taggart
Alma mater Dartmouth College, 1774
Occupation Minister
Profession Presbyterian Minister
Religion Presbyterian

Samuel Taggart (March 24, 1754 – April 25, 1825) was a Presbyterian Minister, an American politician and a U. S. Representative from Massachusetts.

Early life[edit]

Born in Londonderry, New Hampshire on March 24, 1754, Taggart completed preparatory studies, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1774. He studied theology and was licensed to preach.


Ordained to the Presbyterian ministry[1] on February 19, 1777, Taggart was installed as pastor of a church in Colrain, Massachusetts. He then journeyed as a missionary through western New York.

Taggart was elected as a Federalist to the Eighth and to the six succeeding Congresses, serving as a United States Representative for the sixth district of the state of Massachusetts (March 4, 1803 – March 3, 1817). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1816, but continued his service as pastor of the Colrain Presbyterian Church until October 28, 1818, when he resigned.[2]


Taggart died on his farm in Colrain, Massachusetts on April 25, 1825 (age 71 years, 32 days). He is interred at Chandler Hill Cemetery.

Family life[edit]

Born son of James and Jean Anderson Taggart, he married Elizabeth Duncan in 1777 and they had twelve children: Robert, Samuel D., Daniel, Jean, Elizabeth Betsy, James, George, Mary Polly, Rufus, Esther, Lucy, and Moses. Elizabeth died on March 4, 1815 and he married Mary Ayer on March 25, 1816. They had three children: Catherine, Mary Ann, and William Ayer.[3]



  1. ^ Taggart, Samuel. Collections of the New Hampshire Historical Society, Volumes 3-4. New Hampshire Historical Society. p. 110. 
  2. ^ Taggart, Samuel. Encyclopedia of the War of 1812. David Stephen Heidler, Jeanne T. Heidler Naval Institute Press. p. 498. 
  3. ^ "Samuel Taggart". Retrieved 13 February 2014. 

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Josiah Smith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 6th congressional district

March 4, 1803 – March 3, 1817
Succeeded by
Samuel Clesson Allen