Waldron, Richard, III
- David E. Van Deventer
Waldron, Richard, III (21 February 1694–23 August 1753), lawyer and politician, was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the son of Colonel Richard Waldron, Jr., a leading New Hampshire lumber merchant and politician, and Eleanor Vaughan. Waldron grew up on the Piscataqua frontier amid violent Indian warfare, chaotic politics, and proprietary threats to the security of the colonists’ property. He absorbed the staunch Congregationalism and pro-Massachusetts economic and political orientation of his father, who sent him to Harvard College. Waldron obtained a B.A. in 1711 and an M.A. in 1714 with training in the law....