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Guide to the Samuel Swasey Papers, 1819-1846

Collection number: MC 6

Size: 1 box (0.33 cu.ft.)

About Samuel Swasey

Samuel Swasey (1804-1887) was a New Hampshire politician of the 1840’s, associated with the radical or “locofoco” wing of the Democratic party. The son of Obadiah Swasey, a prominent Haverhill, New Hampshire lumber dealer, Samuel studied law at Dartmouth College. After graduating in 1828, he moved to Illinois and worked as a teacher. Swasey returned to Haverhill, New Hampshire in 1835 and began his political career. He served as Haverhill’s town selectman and moderator and worked ten years as register of probate for Grafton County. Swasey represented Haverhill in the New Hampshire House of Representatives seven times from 1839 to 1850, acting as the Speaker of the House in 1842-43. During Franklin Pierce’s administration, Swasey was Inspector of Customs at Portsmouth. In 1857 he moved to Illinois, where he lived until his death in 1887.

About the Samuel Swasey Papers

The collection consists of letters written to Samuel Swasey between 1834 and 1845, from various places in New Hampshire and from Washington, D.C. The majority of the correspondents are politicians writing about such issues as the candidacies of Van Buren and Calhoun, the annexation of Texas, the difficulties of revising state statutes, the regulation of corporations, and other matters of national or state interest. Much of the correspondence concerns “locofoco” opposition to the Concord Rail Road Corporation. Also included in the collection are three letters to Obadiah Swasey.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Samuel Swasey Papers, 1819-1846, MC 6, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Purchased: Manuscript Co. of Springfield (Accession number: 8018)

Collection Contents

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Atherton, C. H., 1842
Box 1, Folder 2 Carroll, Henry H., 1842-45
Box 1, Folder 3 Clement, Zenas, 1845
Box 1, Folder 4 Duncan, Horace, 1845
Box 1, Folder 5 Fox, Charles J., 1842
Box 1, Folder 6 Hibbard, Harry, 1840-1843
Box 1, Folder 7 Holkins, F., 1842
Box 1, Folder 8 Hunt, Israel, Jr., 1845
Box 1, Folder 9 Johnson, J. A., 1840
Box 1, Folder 10 Johnson, Simeon B., 1842
Box 1, Folder 11 Lane, Charles, 1845
Box 1, Folder 12 Mathews, D. W., 1840
Box 1, Folder 13 Newell, Z., 1845
Box 1, Folder 14 Norris, M., Jr., 1844
Box 1, Folder 15 Reading, John R., 1841-1842
Box 1, Folder 16 Stevens, Halsey R., 1844
Box 1, Folder 17 Straw, Jacob, 1843
Box 1, Folder 18 Swasey, John H., 1834-1835
Box 1, Folder 19 Treadwell, Thomas P., 1844
Box 1, Folder 20 Wheeler, D. E., 1843
Box 1, Folder 21 Wilcox, L., 1843
Box 1, Folder 22 Miscellaneous Papers, 1838 and 1846
Box 1, Folder 23 Letters to Obadiah Swasey (Samuel’s Father), 1819, 1835-1836