APPLETON, Nathan, (cousin of William Appleton), a Representative from Massachusetts; born in New Ipswich, N.H., October 6, 1779; attended the common schools, the local academy in New Ipswich, N.H., and Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.; clerked in his brother’s importing house in Boston; one of the founders of the cotton-mill industry of Waltham, Mass.; also one of the founders of the city of Lowell in 1821; served in the Massachusetts house of representatives in 1815, 1816, 1821, 1823, 1824, and 1827; elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-second Congress (March 4, 1831-March 3, 1833); was not a candidate for renomination in 1832 to the Twenty-third Congress; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Robert C. Winthrop, and served until his resignation on September 28, 1842 (June 9, 1842-September 28, 1842); engaged in mercantile pursuits; died in Boston, Mass., July 14, 1861; interment in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Mass.
BibliographyGregory, Francis W. Nathan Appleton, Merchant and Entrepreneur, 1779-1861. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1975.
Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present