Samuel Dexter

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Samuel Dexter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1793 – March 3, 1795
Preceded by Fisher Ames
Succeeded by Theodore Sedgwick
United States Senator
from Massachusetts
In office
March 4, 1799 – May 30, 1800
Preceded by Theodore Sedgwick
Succeeded by Dwight Foster
4th United States Secretary of War
In office
May 13, 1800 – January 31, 1801
President John Adams
Preceded by James McHenry
Succeeded by Henry Dearborn
3rd United States Secretary of the Treasury
In office
January 1, 1801 – May 13, 1801
President John Adams
Thomas Jefferson
Preceded by Oliver Wolcott, Jr.
Succeeded by Albert Gallatin
Personal details
Born May 14, 1761
Boston, Massachusetts
Died May 4, 1816 (aged 54)
Boston, Massachusetts
Political party Federalist
Alma mater Harvard University
Profession Law

Samuel Dexter (May 14, 1761May 4, 1816) was an early American statesman who served both in Congress and in the Presidential Cabinet.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, to the Rev. Samuel Dexter, the 4th minister of Dedham, he graduated from Harvard University in 1781 and then studied law at Worcester under Levi Lincoln, Sr., the future Attorney General of the United States. After he passed the bar in 1784, he began practicing in Lunenburg, Massachusetts.