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Samuel Peirson (1759-1852)


Samuel "Squire" Peirson, Biddeford, ca. 1850

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Dyer Library/Saco Museum

Samuel “Squire” Peirson (sometimes written as “Pierson”) was born in Boston on February 22, 1759 to a prominent family in Boston and served as a private clerk to George Washington (with whom he shared a birthday) during the Revolutionary War. He worked afterward in Salem, Massachusetts and in Portland, Maine and went on to pursue a career in banking in Saco and Biddeford.

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