Plymouth County Biographies

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Levi Lincoln

Levi Lincoln (1749-1820) Father of Enoch Lincoln and Levi Lincoln [1782-1868]), great-granduncle of Frederick Robie. A Representative from Massachusetts; born in Hingham, Plymouth County, Mass., May 15, 1749; attended the common schools; was graduated from Harvard College in 1772; studied law in Newburyport and Northampton, Mass.; joined the Minutemen in Cambridge at the outbreak of the Revolution; moved to Worcester, Mass.; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in 1775; member of the committee of public safety; clerk of the court and judge of probate for Worcester County 1775-1781; was specially designated to prosecute the claims of the Commonwealth to the numerous estates of loyalists in 1779; delegate to the state constitutional convention in 1779; elected a Member of the Continental Congress in 1781, but declined to serve; member of the state house of representatives in 1796; served in the state senate in 1797 and 1798; elected as a Republican to the Seventh Congress; subsequently elected to the Sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Dwight Foster and served from December 15, 1800, to March 5, 1801, when he resigned; appointed Attorney General of the United States in the cabinet of President Jefferson and served from March 5, 1801, to December 31, 1804, and as Acting Secretary of State from March 5 to May 2, 1801; member of the governor’s council of Massachusetts in 1806; lieutenant governor of Massachusetts in 1807 and 1808; became governor upon the death of Governor Sullivan and served in this capacity from December 10, 1808, to May 1, 1809; appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States by President Madison, but declined to accept by reason of failing eyesight; again a member of the governor’s council in 1810 and 1811; died in Worcester, Worcester County, Mass., April 14, 1820; interment in the Rural Cemetery.

Parents: Enoch Lincoln, Rachel Fearing
Spouse: Martha Waldo
Born: 14 Sep 1761 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Died: 28 Mar 1828 in Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts
Marriage: 25 Nov 1781 in Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts

Amos Lincoln 1754
Levi Lincoln 25 Oct 1782 in Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts
Daniel Waldo Lincoln 2 Mar 1784 in Worcester, Massachusetts
Martha Lincoln 19 Oct 1785 in Worcester, Massachusetts
Enoch Lincoln 28 Dec 1788 in Worcester, Massachusetts
Rebecca Lincoln 11 Jan 1792 in Worcester, Massachusetts
Waldo Lincoln 3 May 1800 in Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts
William Lincoln 26 Sep 1801 in Worcester, Massachusetts

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