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LONG, Pierse, legislator, born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1739; died there, 3 April, 1789. He was the son of Pierse Long, who was born in Limerick, Ireland, but came to this country and engaged in the shipping business in Portsmouth. The son entered his father's counting-room and was taken into partnership. He was a member of the Provincial congress of his native state in 1775, and served in the Revolutionary army as colonel of the 1st New Hampshire regiment. In the retreat from Ticonderoga his command was overtaken by the 9th British foot, which he turned upon and defeated. He was a volunteer at the battle of Saratoga, a delegate to the Continental congress in 1784-'6, a state councillor in 1786-'9, a member of the Constitutional convention in 1788, and was appointed by President Washington collector of customs at Portsmouth in January, 1789. He discharged the duties of the office until the following April, when he died.
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