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Nathan READ

(1759-1849)

READ, Nathan, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Warren, Mass., July 2, 1759; attended the common schools and was graduated from Harvard University in 1781; taught school in Beverly and Salem and was elected a tutor in Harvard University, where he continued until 1787; opened an apothecary store in Salem; interested in an iron factory at Danvers, Mass.; elected as a Federalist to the Sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Samuel Sewall; reelected to the Seventh Congress and served from November 25, 1800, to March 3, 1803; was not a candidate for renomination in 1802; judge of the court of common pleas of Essex County in 1803; moved to Belfast, Maine, in 1807; judge of the county court of Hancock County in 1807; instrumental in establishing Belfast Academy and served as trustee for forty years; died near Belfast, Waldo County, Maine, January 20, 1849; interment in Grove Cemetery, Belfast, Maine.

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

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