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Samuel Osgood

Samuel Osgood, American Continental congressman. Member Essex Convention (opposed to more radical element of America Revolution), 1774; member Continental Congress, 1780-1784.

Background

  • Osgood, Samuel was born on February 3, 1748 in Andover, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Captain Peter and Sarah (Johnson) Osgood.

  • Education

    • Graduated from Harvard, 1770.

    Career

    • Member Essex Convention (opposed to more radical element of America Revolution), 1774. Served as major, later colonel as aide-de-camp to General Artemas Ward, Continental Army, 1775. Became member Massachusetts Provincial Congress, 1775.

      Delegate Massachusetts Constitutional Convention, 1779, delegate to convention for the limitation of prices, Philadelphia, 1780. Member Continental Congress, 1780-1784. Appointed a director Bank of N. American, 1781.

      Largely responsible for commissioning of the United States Treasury, 1784, 1st commissioner United States Treasury, 1785-1789. Postmaster-general United States under President Washington, 1789-1791. Speaker New York Assembly, 1800.

      Superintendent internal revenue for District of New York, 1801-1802. Naval officer Port of New York, 1803-1813. Organizer and incorporator Society for Establishment of Free School for Education of Poor Children.

      A founder American Academy Fine Arts.

    Membership

    Member Essex Convention (opposed to more radical element of America Revolution), 1774. Member Continental Congress, 1780-1784.

    Connections

    • Married Martha Brandon, January 4, 1775. Married second, Maria Bowne Franklin, May 26, 1786.
    • father: Captain Peter Osgood
    • mother: Sarah (Johnson) Osgood
    • spouses: Martha Brandon
    • Maria Bowne Franklin
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    Died August 12, 1813
    (aged 65)
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