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Appleton, Nathan, 1779-1861



  • Existence: 1779 - 1861

Nathan Appleton (October 6, 1779 – July 14, 1861) was an American merchant and politician and a member of "The Boston Associates" Appleton was born in New Ipswich, New Hampshire and was educated in the New Ipswich Academy. He then entered Dartmouth College in 1794, however, that same year he left college to begin mercantile life in Boston, Massachusetts, working for his brother Samuel. In 1813, Appleton co-operated with Francis Cabot Lowell, Patrick T. Jackson, Paul Moody and others in introducing the power loom and the manufacture of cotton on a large scale into the United States, establishing a factory at Waltham, Massachusetts, in 1814. Appleton was also a member of the general court of Massachusetts in 1816, 1821, 1822, 1824 and 1827. In 1831-1833 and also 1842 he served in the United States House of Representatives, in which he was prominent as an advocate of protective duties.

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Daniel Webster notes

Webster Mss 830580
Identifier: Mss 830580
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Nathan Appleton letter

Webster Mss 833190
Identifier: Mss 833190
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