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Samuel HOAR

(1778-1856)

HOAR, Samuel, (son-in-law of Roger Sherman, father of Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar and George Frisbie Hoar, grandfather of Rockwood Hoar and Sherman Hoar), a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Lincoln, Middlesex County, Mass., May 18, 1778; pursued classical studies and was graduated from Harvard University in 1802; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1805 and commenced practice in Concord, Mass.; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1820; served in the State senate in 1826, 1832, and 1833; elected as an Anti-Jacksonian candidate to the Twenty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1835-March 3, 1837); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1836 to the Twenty-fifth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Concord, Mass.; sent by the State legislature to South Carolina to test the constitutionality of acts prohibiting free Negroes from coming into the State and on his arrival, December 5, 1844, the Legislature of South Carolina passed resolutions expelling him from the city of Charleston; member of the State house of representatives in 1850; chairman of the State convention in 1855 which formed the Republican Party in Massachusetts; died in Concord, Mass., November 2, 1856; interment in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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