Samuel Dexter

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Samuel Dexter
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1793 – March 3, 1795
Preceded byFisher Ames
Succeeded byTheodore Sedgwick
United States Senator
from Massachusetts
In office
March 4, 1799 – May 30, 1800
Preceded byTheodore Sedgwick
Succeeded byDwight Foster
4th United States Secretary of War
In office
May 13, 1800 – January 31, 1801
PresidentJohn Adams
Preceded byJames McHenry
Succeeded byHenry Dearborn
3rd United States Secretary of the Treasury
In office
January 1, 1801 – May 13, 1801
PresidentJohn Adams
Thomas Jefferson
Preceded byOliver Wolcott, Jr.
Succeeded byAlbert Gallatin
Personal details
BornMay 14, 1761
Boston, Massachusetts
DiedMay 4, 1816 (aged 54)
Boston, Massachusetts
Political partyFederalist
Alma materHarvard University
ProfessionLaw

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.