1815,saltonstall Family Genealogy, William Saltonstall Letter To Leverett Signed
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1815,saltonstall Family Genealogy, William Saltonstall Letter To Leverett Signed:
This item is a wonderful, original letter dated 1815, from William Wanton Saltonstall to Leverett Saltonstall regarding the genealogy of his part of the family. A three page letter, great family history, signed on first page by William Wanton Saltonstall. Letter is three pages, 8x11, overall good condition.
A descendant of Gurdon Saltonstall, William Wanton, born in New London, Co nnecticut, 19 January, 1793; died in Chicago, Illinois., 18 March, 1862, was on his mother's side a great-grandson of Joseph Wanton Saltonstall. He was an early settler in Chicago, and during the last twenty years of his life held the post of assignee in bankruptcy.
This Leverett Saltonstall, lawyer, born in Haverhil l, Massachusetts, 13 June, 1783; died in Salem, Massachusetts, 8 May, 184 5, was graduated at Harvard in 1802, studied law, and entered into practice at Salem in 1805. He was speaker of the state house of representative s, president of the state senate, the first mayor of Salem in 1836-'8, a p residential elector on the Webster ticket in 1837, and was elected to congress to fill a vacancy, serving from 5 December, 1838, till 3 March, 1843.
Harvard gave him the degree of LL. D. in 1838. He was an active member of the Massachusetts historical society, the American academy of arts and sciences, and other learned bodies. When he died, he left a large part of his library to Phillips Exeter academy, where he had received his early education, and a bequest of money to purchase books for the library at Harvard. He was the author of an " Historical Sketch of Haverhill ," printed in the "Collections" of the Massachusetts historical society.--
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