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Samuel Livermore

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Samuel Livermore (May 14, 1732May 18, 1803) was a U.S. politician. He was a U.S. Senator from New Hampshire from 1793 to 1801 and served as President pro tempore of the United States Senate in 1796 and again in 1799.

Livermore was born in Waltham, Massachusetts, and attended Waltham schools. He graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1752, He then studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1756, and commenced practice in Waltham. He moved to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1758 and later to Londonderry. He was a member of the New Hampshire General Court (the state's general assembly) 1768-1769. He was judge-advocate in the Admiralty court and attorney general 1769-1774. He moved to Holderness in 1775 and was State attorney for three years.

Livermore was a Member of the Continental Congress 1780-1782 and 1785-1786. He was chief justice of the State supreme court 1782-1789 and a member of the State constitutional convention in 1788. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives for the First and Second Congresses, serving from March 4, 1789 to March 3, 1793. He was chairman of the House Committee on Elections in the Second Congress.

Livermore was president of the State constitutional convention in 1791 and in 1792 was elected as a Federalist to the United States Senate and was reelected in 1798 and served from March 4, 1793, until his resignation effective June 12, 1801, due to ill health. He served as President pro tempore of the Senate during the Fourth and Sixth Congresses.

Livermore died in Holderness, New Hampshire and is interred in Trinity Churchyard there.

Livermore was the father of Arthur Livermore, a U.S. Representative from New Hampshire, and Edward St. Loe Livermore, a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.



This article incorporates facts obtained from the public domain Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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