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WALDO, Samuel, soldier, born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1696; died on Penobscot river, Maine, 23 May, 1759. His father. Jonathan, was a wealthy merchant of Boston, and was a brigadier-general at the capture of Louisburg. The son was a landed proprietor, resided at Falmouth, Maine, and commanded a regiment at Louisburg. There were remarkable coincidences between his life and that of his friend, Sir William Pepperell. They lived in Maine, were councillors together, commanded regiments, and were together at Louisburg, passed a year together in England, were born the same year, and died nearly at the same time. His family exercised much influence in Maine on account of their immense estate.--His son, Samuel, jurist, born in Maine in 1721; died there, 16 April, 1770, was graduated at Harvard in 1743, and settled in Falmouth, where he was elected a member of the general court in 1744. In that year he was also commissioned a colonel in the British army. In 1753 he went to Europe with authority from his father to procure emigrants to settle the Waldo patent, and was successful in this mission. In 1760 he was appointed judge of probate for Cumberland county, retaining this office until his death, and thus holding the first probate courts in Maine. For eight years he was a member of the legislature. Another son, Francis, born in Falmouth, Maine, in 1723; died in London, England, in 1784, was graduated at Harvard in 1747. He was appointed collector of the first custom-house in Maine in 1758, his authority extending from Cape Porpus to the Kennebec, and held this post until 1770. In 1763 he issued, "in pursuance of strict orders from the surveyor-general, a proclamation against smuggling rum, sugar, and molasses, which had previously been winked at, and the officers were directed to execute the law with rigor." In 1762-'3 he was a representative to the general court from Falmouth, but, forfeiting the favor of the popular party, he was not re-elected. After the burning of Falmouth he went to England, and never returned, for in 1778 he was proscribed and banished as a loyalist, and his property, which passed to the state under the confiscation act, was sold in 1782.
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