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  • Marchant Papers
  • Marchant Family
Call Number:
  • MSS 552
Record Level:
  • Collection
Physical Description:
  • 5 ft.
  • 18 BB
Inclusive Dates:
  • 1721-1874
Bulk Dates:
  • 1769-1840
  • Correspondence documents and financial records of the Marchant family of South Kingstown, 1721-1876.
Historical Note:
  • Henry Marchant was born in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts on April 9, 1741. Marchat received an A.M. from the College of Philadelphia in 1762. He read law to enter the bar in 1767, and was in private practice in Newport, Rhode Island from 1767 to 1777. He was the state attorney general of Rhode Island from 1771 to 1777. He was a delegate to the Continental Congress from 1777 to 1779 and endorsed the Articles of Confederation for Rhode Island. He returned to private practice while also farming, in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, from 1780 to 1784. He was a Delegate to the Rhode Island General Assembly from 1784 to 1790. On July 2, 1790, Marchant was nominated by President George Washington to be the first judge of the newly created United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 3, 1790, and received his commission the same day, serving until his death on August 30, 1796 in Newport, RI.
Bibliographic References:
  • NUCMC 1973
Scope and Content:
  • This collection contains correspondence, documents, financial records, cyphering books and the religious meditations of Rebecca Marchant. The correspondence and documents in this collection have all been item level cataloged in the card catalog in the RIHS Library reading room.
Accession Number:
  • 1972.81.1.1-
  • 1830.1
  • 1951.22.1-
  • 1961.14
  • 1978.52.1-
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