After attending Dummer Charity School (now The Governor"s Academy), Sewall graduated from Harvard College (Bachelor of Arts 1776, Department of Administration and Management 1779, honorary Doctor of Laws 1808) and set up practice as a lawyer in Marblehead.
He represented Massachusetts in the United States. House of Representatives from 1796 to 1800, and from 1800 to 1814 served as a judge of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, becoming Chief Justice in 1814. He died at Wiscasset, Massachusetts (now Maine) while holding a court there. American novelist Louisa May Alcott was Sewall"s great niece.
Sewall"s great-grandfather Samuel Sewall was a judge at the Salem witch trials in colonial Massachusetts, and subsequently Chief Justice of Massachusetts.
Sewall died 7 days later on June 8, apparently before he could formally respond, so his disposition regarding membership is unknown.
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He served as a member of the state legislature in 1783, and from 1788-1796. Sewall was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society on June 1, 1814.