Samuel Waldo (merchant)


Samuel Waldo (merchant)

Samuel Waldo (1695 – May 23 1759) was a merchant, land speculator, soldier and political figure in Massachusetts.

He was born in Boston, the son of Jonathan Waldo and Hannah Mason. In 1722, he married Lucy Wainwright. In 1730, he purchased title to a large tract of land in Nova Scotia with the intent of establishing a colony there; the title did not stand up when he proposed this plan to the authorities in England. Waldo acquired a large tract of land near the Penobscot and Muscongus rivers in what is now Maine where he settled a group of German families in 1740. He served as brigadier-general in the attack on Louisbourg in 1745 and served on the temporary council that administered the settlement until Peter Warren was named governor. In 1757, he submitted a plan to William Pitt which served as a basis for the recapture of Louisbourg from the French the following year. Waldo died of apoplexy near Bangor, Maine in 1759 while participating in a military expedition.

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title = Samuel Waldo
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date = 1974
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accessdate = 2008-10-02

See also

* Waldo Patent


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