WADSWORTH, Peleg, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Duxbury, Mass., May 6,
1748; attended public and private schools, and was graduated from Harvard
College in 1769; engaged in mercantile pursuits in Kingston, Mass.; served in
the Revolutionary Army as an aide to Gen. Artemas Ward in 1776; engineer under
General Thomas in 1776 and 1777; brigadier general of militia in 1777; adjutant
general of Massachusetts in 1778; moved to Portland, Maine (then a district of
Massachusetts), in 1784 and became a land agent; served in the Massachusetts
senate in 1792; elected to the Third Congress and reelected as a Federalist to
the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1793-March 3, 1807); moved to Oxford
County, Maine, in 1807 to survey and improve a large tract of land granted to
him by the Government; died in Hiram, Oxford County, Maine, November 12, 1829;
interment in the family cemetery at Wadsworth Hall.
Letters of General Peleg Wadsworth to His Son John, Student at Harvard
College, 1796-1798. Biographical Chapter and Notes by George and
Margaret Rose. Portland, Maine: Maine Historical Society, 1961.