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AMES, Nathaniel, mathematician, born in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, in 1708; died in Dedham, 11 July 1764. He was a physician, but, inheriting a love of astronomy from his father, he began the publication in 1725 of a series of almanacs that won great success. In 1735 he removed to Dedham and kept a tavern. Here he married Mary Fisher, and two sons were born to them*Fisher Ames (q.v.) and NATHANIEL, who continued the publication of his father's almanacs until 1775, when he became a surgeon in the patriot army. He made several sea voyages, and published stories of nautical adventure, including "Mariner's Sketches" (1830) and "Nautical Reminiscences" (1832). He died in Providence, Rhode Island, 18 January 1835.
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