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Samuel Atkins Eliot (politician)

Samuel Atkins Eliot
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 1st district
In office
August 22, 1850 – March 3, 1851
Preceded by Robert C. Winthrop
Succeeded by William Appleton
7th Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts
In office
Preceded by Samuel T. Armstrong
Succeeded by Jonathan Chapman
Personal details
Born (1798-03-05)March 5, 1798
Boston, Massachusetts
Died January 29, 1862(1862-01-29) (aged 63)
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Political party Whig
Children Charles W. Eliot[1]

Samuel Atkins Eliot (March 5, 1798 – January 29, 1862), (who was a patriarch of a distinguished American family, the Eliot family and which included Thomas Hopkinson Eliot) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts.

Eliot was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1798, and was the son of banker Samuel Eliot. He attended the Boston Latin School; graduated from Harvard University in 1817 and from Harvard Divinity School in 1820. About 1826, he married Mary Lyman and had four daughters and two sons, including Charles William Eliot, a future President of Harvard University.

He was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives 1834-1837. From 1837 to 1839, he was mayor of Boston. During his administration a riot took place, caused by a collision between a volunteer fire company and an Irish funeral procession. The disturbance was suppressed by the promptness of Mayor Eliot, who was on the ground at the first alarm, and immediately took measures for calling out the militia. The result of this affair was the establishment of a paid fire department and a day police. He served in the Massachusetts Senate in 1843-1844. He was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Robert C. Winthrop and served from August 22, 1850 to March 3, 1851; he declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1850. He was treasurer of Harvard University from 1842 to 1853. He published a Sketch of the History of Harvard College and of its Present State (Boston, 1848), and edited selections from the sermons of Dr. Francis W. P. Greenwood, with a memoir (2 vols., Boston, 1844). He died in Cambridge, Massachusetts on January 29, 1862 and his body was interred in Mount Auburn Cemetery.

See also


  1. ^ Mayors of Boston: An Illustrated Epitome of who the Mayors Have Been and What they Have Done, Boston, MA: State Street Trust Company, 1914, p. 15. 


Further reading

  • Samuel A. Eliot. Being Mayor of Boston a Hundred Years Ago. Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Third Series, Vol. 66 (Oct., 1936 -May, 1941), pp. 154–173.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Samuel T. Armstrong
Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts
1837 - 1839
Succeeded by
Jonathan Chapman
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert C. Winthrop
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 1st congressional district

August 22, 1850 – March 3, 1851
Succeeded by
William Appleton
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