SALTONSTALL, Leverett, (great-grandfather of Leverett Saltonstall [1892-1979]), a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Haverhill, Mass., June 13, 1783; pursued classical studies; attended Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H., and was graduated from Harvard University in 1802; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Salem in 1805; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1820 to the Seventeenth Congress; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1820; member of the State house of representatives in 1813, 1814, 1816, 1822, 1829, and 1834; served in the State senate 1817-1819, 1831, and 1832, and was its president in 1831 and 1832; first mayor of Salem, Mass., 1836-1838; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Stephen C. Phillips; reelected to the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses and served from December 5, 1838, to March 3, 1843; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Navy (Twenty-sixth Congress), Committee on Manufactures (Twenty-seventh Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Twenty-eighth Congress; again a member of the State house of representatives in 1844; overseer of Harvard University 1835-1845; died in Salem, Essex County, Mass., May 8, 1845; interment in Harmony Grove Cemetery.
BibliographySaltonstall, Leverett. The Papers of Leverett Saltonstall, 1816-1845. 5 Volumes. Selected and Edited and with an Introduction by Robert E. Moody. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1978-1992.
Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present