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SWETT, Samuel, author, born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, 9 June, 1782; died in Boston, Massachusetts, 28 October, 1866. He was graduated at Harvard in 1800, studied and practised law, and afterward became a merchant. During the war of 1812 he served on the northern frontier on the staff of General George Izard, with the rank of major. He sat for some time in the Massachusetts legislature, and also devoted himself to the study of military history. His publications are "Abstract of the Baron Joseph de Rogniat's Considerations on the Art of War," with notes (Boston, 1817); " Sketch of the Bunker Hill Battle " (1818 ; 3d ed., 1827) ; "Sketches of a Few Distinguished Men of Newbury and Newburyport" (1846); Who was the Commander at Bunker Hill? with Remarks on Frothingham's ' History of the Battle, '" with an appendix (1850);" Defence of Colonel Timothy Pickering against Bancroft's History" (1859) ; " Original Planning and Construction of Bunker Hill Monument," with engravings (Albany, 1863); and fugitive poems.
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