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John Samuel Sherburne signed ALS - Autograph Letter Signed

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John Samuel Sherburne signed ALS - Autograph Letter Signed
State(s): New Hampshire
Years: 1803

Autographed Letter signed by John Samuel Sherburne.

John Samuel Sherburne (1757 – August 2, 1830) was a United States Representative from New Hampshire and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire. Born in 1757, in Portsmouth, Province of New Hampshire, British America, Sherburne attended Harvard University, graduated from Dartmouth College in 1776 and read law in 1776. During the American Revolutionary War he served in the Continental Army as a brigade staff major. He entered private practice in Portsmouth, New Hampshire from 1776 to 1789, and from 1797 to 1801.

He was United States Attorney for the District of New Hampshire from 1789 to 1793, and from 1801 to 1804. He was a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1790 to circa 1793, and in 1801. Sherburne was elected as an Anti-Administration candidate from New Hampshire's at-large congressional district to the United States House of Representatives of the 3rd United States Congress and reelected as a Democratic-Republican to the 4th United States Congress, serving from March 4, 1793, to March 3, 1797.

Sherburne was nominated by President Thomas Jefferson on March 22, 1804, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire vacated by Judge John Pickering. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 24, 1804, and received his commission on March 26, 1804. His service terminated on August 2, 1830, due to his death in Portsmouth. Pickering was the first federal official to be removed from office through impeachment on March 12, 1804.

Sherburne, who as a witness for the prosecution managers had aided the case for Pickering's removal even though the latter was insane and did not knowingly commit "high crimes and misdemeanors" on the bench, himself became insane and was for all intents and purposes removed from the bench in 1826, though he continued to receive his salary until his 1830 death.

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