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Sampson, Zabdiel (1781-1828) to Aaron Hobart

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06313.04.173 Author/Creator: Sampson, Zabdiel (1781-1828) Place Written: Plymouth, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 15 March 1822 Pagination: 2 p. : address : free frank ; 25 x 20.5 cm.

Discusses the account of William Otis and related paperwork. Inquires about games of chess played by Colonel Bassett.

Zabdiel Sampson was a congressional representative from Massachusetts from 1817 to 1820, after which he was appointed collector of customs at Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1820, serving until his death.
Aaron Hobart, lawyer, jurist, state senator, and congressman, was born on June 26, 1787 in Abington, Massachusetts. Hobart pursued classical studies and graduated from Brown University in 1805. Thereafter, he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1809, commencing practice in Abington. In 1824 he moved to East Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He was a representative in the state legislature in 1814; a state senator in 1819; and in 1820 was elected a representative in the 16th congress to fill a vacancy, taking his seat on December 18, 1820. He was re-elected to the 17th, 18th, & 19th congresses, serving from 1820-1827. He was a member of the governor's council, 1827-31, and a judge of probate, 1843-58. He is the author of Historical Sketches of Abington Mass. (1839). He died in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts on September 19, 1858 and was buried in Central Cemetery.

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