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CABOT, George, statesman, born in Salem, Massachusetts, 3 December, 1751; died in Boston, 18 April, 1823. He received a classical education and entered Harvard, but at the end of the sophomore year left his class and went to sea as a cabin-boy. He was master of a ship before he was of age, and made several successful voyages. At twenty-five he was chosen to the Massachusetts provincial congress. In 1788 he became a member of the state convention that adopted the federal constitution. He represented Massachusetts in the United States senate from 1791 till 1796, and was the first choice of Mr. Adams for secretary of the navy when that office was created in 1798. He was a personal friend of Washington and Hamilton, was an able coadjutor of the latter in the formation of his financial system, and one of the best authorities of the time on political economy; for this reason, mainly, he was chosen president of the Hartford convention (15 December, 1814, to 3 January, 1815). See "History of the Hartford Convention," by Theodore Dwight (Boston, 1833).
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