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  Dexter, Samuel
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NameSamuel Dexter
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, Massachusetts , United States
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Born May 14, 1761
DiedMay 04, 1816 (54 years)
ContributorClassical Liberal
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Feb 06, 2013 01:42am
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InfoEducated at Harvard and trained as a lawyer, Samuel Dexter (1761-1816) resigned his seat as Massachusetts Senator in June 1800 to accept the position of Secretary of War in the cabinet of President John Adams. Upon Secretary of the Treasury Oliver Wolcott's resignation in December 1800, Adams appointed Dexter ad interim Secretary to serve until the inauguration of Thomas Jefferson as President. Dexter served less than a year in Adams's cabinet and has no great acts associated with his name. It has been said that "his temperament and intellectual endowment ill suited him for that minute diligence and attention to intricate details which the departments of War and Finance imposed on the incumbents of office.''

Shortly before the termination of Adams's administration, the President offered Dexter a foreign embassy, but Dexter declined, remaining at the Treasury Department until Jefferson became President.



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  02/17/1803 MA US Senate Lost 0.39% (-33.07%)
  11/01/1802 MA District 13 (Norfolk) Lost 2.71% (-61.10%)
  01/01/1801 Secretary of Treasury. Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  05/12/1800 Secretary of War Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/03/1798 MA US Senate Won 65.38% (+30.77%)
  11/07/1796 MA - 2nd Middle Lost 13.74% (-52.69%)
  03/23/1795 MA - 2nd Middle - 3rd Trial Lost 48.64% (-2.72%)
  01/17/1795 MA - 2nd Middle - 2nd Trial Lost 48.78% (-0.61%)
  11/03/1794 MA - 2nd Middle - 1st Trial Won 39.27% (+9.38%)
  11/02/1792 MA District 1 - Middlesex Won 58.26% (+33.42%)
  12/17/1788 MA District 3 - 1st Trial Lost 0.07% (-36.32%)
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