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UPTON, Samuel, editor, born in Middleton, Massachusetts, in 1784; died in Washington, D. C., 3 March, 1842. His ancestor, John (1620-'99), came to New England as early as 1638, and ultimately settled in what is now North Reading, Massachusetts, where he became a great landed proprietor and one of the most influential citizens. He was one of the first to deprecate the inordinate influence of the clergy in the colony, and was conspicuous for his opposition to religious tests in civil matters and to the prosecutions for witchcraft. He was ancestor of all the other Uptons that are mentioned in these pages. Samuel engaged in mercantile and shipping business, first at Salem, Massachusetts, and afterward in Castine and Bangor, Maine, and Boston. In Maine he exerted a great influence in politics and edited the Bangor " Gazette" and " Whig." In 1819 he represented Castine in the 1st general court. In later life he removed to Washington, D. C., where he is buried in the Congressional cemetery.--His son, Charles Horace, politician, born in Salem, Massachusetts, 23 August, 1812; died in Geneva, Switzerland, in June, 1877, was graduated at Bowdoin in 1834, and settled in Fairfax county, Virginia, whence he was elected to congress in 1860. In 1863 he was appointed United States consul at Geneva, Switzerland.--Another son, Edward Peirce, lawyer, born in Castine, Maine, 22 July, 1816, received an academic education, was admitted to the bar, and settled in Virginia, but about 1858 removed to Texas. During the civil war he was a devoted friend of the Union and was indicted for treason against the Confederacy, imprisoned six months, and shot at several times. One of his sons was murdered by a political mob a year after the war. He was appointed judge of the 18th judicial district of Texas in 1867, and held the post two years.--Another son, Francis Henry, lawyer, born in Salem, Massachusetts, 25 May, 1814 ; died in New York city, 25 June, 1876, was graduated at Harvard law-school in I835 and settled in New York city, where he rose to eminence in his profession. During the civil war he held the appointment of counsel for captors in prize courts, and while arguing a case received a stroke of paralysis from which he never recovered. He published "A Treatise on the Law of Trade-Marks, with a Digest and Review of English and American Authorities" (Albany, 1860), and " The Law of Nations affecting Commerce during War, with a Review of the Jurisprudence, Practice, and Proceedings of Prize Courts" (New York, 1863).--Francis Henry's daughter, Sara Carr, author, born 1 January, 1843, resides in Washington, D. C., where she was for seventeen years translator of modern languages in the post-office department. She is a frequent contributor to magazines and has in press a volume of " Translations from the French."--Another son of Samuel Upton, Wheelock Samuel, lawyer, born in Salem, Massachusetts, 17 January, 1811 ; died in Carrollton, Louisiana, 18 October, 1860, received an academic education, and was graduated at the Harvard law-school in 1832, and settled in New Orleans. He was one of the compilers of "The Louisiana Civil Code" (New Orleans, 1838), and published "An Address at New York" (New York, 1840).
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