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O’Brien, Jeremiahlocked

(1744–05 September 1818)
  • William M. Fowler

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O’Brien, Jeremiah (1744–05 September 1818), naval officer, was born in Kittery, Maine, the son of Mary Cain and Morris O’Brien, an Irish-born tailor, farmer, merchant, and sailor. Jeremiah received no formal education. In 1750 the family moved up the Maine coast to Scarboro, and when New England settlers were encouraged to move further north following the Treaty of Paris in 1763, the O’Briens relocated to a new settlement at Machias. There they entered the lumber business. Both father and sons prospered, and they eventually operated at least two sawmills. The O’Brien family became influential and decidedly Whiggish members of the community. When the town’s first militia company was formed in 1769, Jeremiah O’Brien was among the first to join....

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