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CURWEN, Samuel, loyalist, born in Salem, Massachusetts, 28 December 1815; died there, 9 April 1802. He was graduated at Harvard in 1735, and studied for the ministry, but became a merchant in his native place. In the winter of 1774-'5 he was a captain in Sir William Pepperell's expedition against Louisburg. In 1759 he became impost officer for Essex County, Massachusetts, and in 1775 was judge of the admiralty court. >From 1775 until 1784, as a loyalist, he resided abroad, returning to his native place in the autumn of 1784. His "Journal and Letters" (New York, 1842) contains interesting and valuable information concerning the lives of loyalist exiles while abroad.
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