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.
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.