Continental Congress, Representative, Senator Samuel LIVERMORE

YEARS 1732-1803
OFFICE Continental Congress, Representative, Senator
STATE New Hampshire
POLITICAL PARTY Federalist, Pro-Administration
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED Continental, 1st (1789-1791), 2nd (1791-1793), 3rd (1793-1795), 4th (1795-1797), 5th (1797-1799), 6th (1799-1801), 7th (1801-1803)

Continental Congress, Representative, Senator Samuel LIVERMORE Biography

LIVERMORE, Samuel, (father of Arthur Livermore and Edward St. Loe Livermore), a Delegate, a Representative, and a Senator from New Hampshire; born in Waltham, Middlesex County, Mass., May 14, 1732; attended Waltham schools, and graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1752; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1756 and commenced practice in Waltham, Mass.; moved to Portsmouth, N.H., in 1758 and later to Londonderry; member, State general assembly 1768-1769; judge-advocate in the Admiralty court and attorney general 1769-1774; moved to Holderness in 1775; State attorney for three years; Member of the Continental Congress 1780-1782 and 1785-1786; chief justice of the State supreme court 1782-1789; member of the State constitutional convention in 1788; elected to the First and Second Congresses (March 4, 1789-March 3, 1793); chairman, Committee on Elections (Second Congress); president of the State constitutional convention in 1791; elected as a Pro-Administration (later Federalist) to the United States Senate in 1792; reelected in 1798 and served from March 4, 1793, until his resignation effective June 12, 1801, due to ill health; served as President pro tempore of the Senate during the Fourth and Sixth Congresses; died in Holderness, Grafton County, N.H., May 18, 1803; interment in Trinity Churchyard. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

External Research Collections

Boston Public Library Boston, MA Papers: 2 letters. Dartmouth College Hanover, NH Papers: 1780-1781. 3 items of correspondence. Historical Society of Pennsylvania Philidelphia, PA Papers: 1 item (1789) in the Dreer collection. Library of Congress Manuscript Division Washington, DC Papers: 1786, no date. 4 items. New Hampshire Historical Society Concord, NH Papers: A part of Livermore’s journal, telling of his journey to college in 1751, quoted in a biographical sketch (140 pages, undated) by his grandson. Also contains copies of letters and other memoranda. New-York Public Library New York, NY Papers: 1 item (1789) in the Thomas Addis Emmet collection.


Corning, Charles R. Samuel Livermore: Address Before the Grafton and Coo4s Bar Assocation. Concord, NH: Republican Press Association, 1888.

Samuel LIVERMORE Committee Assignments

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