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Jarvis, Leonard

(1781-1854) a U.S. Representative, was born in Boston on October 19, 1781, attended the common schools, and was graduated from Harvard University in 1800.

He moved to Surry and later became sheriff of Hancock County (1821-1829) and was collector of customs for the Penobscot district from 1829 to 1831.

Elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1829-March 3, 1837), Jarvis was chairman of the Committee on Naval Affairs (Twenty-fourth Congress).

He then was Navy agent for the port of Boston from 1838 to 1841. He returned to Surry where he died October 18, 1854, with interment in Hillside Cemetery.

Additional resources

Phillips, Samuel, 1752-1802. Statement Respecting Mr. Jarvis’ Delinquency [microform]. Boston. 1801. [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections]

Smith, Francis O. J. Mr. Smith’s Review of the “Letter of Leonard Jarvis, to his constituents of the Hancock and Washington District, in Maine.” 1835? [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections]

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