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date: 29 September 2020

Dexter, Samuellocked

(16 March 1726–10 June 1810)
  • William Pencak


Dexter, Samuel (16 March 1726–10 June 1810), merchant and political leader, was born in Dedham, Massachusetts, the son of the Reverend Samuel Dexter, the minister of Dedham’s first church, and Catherina Mears. Apprenticed to merchant Samuel Barrett in Boston, the younger Dexter made a sufficient fortune to enable him to retire at the age of thirty-six to his hometown. Meanwhile, in 1748 he married Hannah Sigourney, with whom he had five children, four of whom survived to adulthood....

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