Samuel Holten

Samuel Holten

Oil-on-ivory miniature, circa 1790. Danvers Archival Center, Peabody Institute Library
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1793  March 3, 1795
Serving with Fisher Ames, Samuel Dexter, and Benjamin Goodhue (General Ticket)
Preceded by Fisher Ames
Succeeded by Theodore Sedgwick
Personal details
Born June 9, 1738
Danvers, Massachusetts
Died January 2, 1816 (aged 77)
Danvers, Massachusetts
Resting place Holton Cemetery, Danvers
Political party Anti-Administration
Spouse(s) Mary Warner
Children Lydia, Mary, Sarah

Samuel Holten (June 9, 1738 January 2, 1816) was an American physician and statesman from Danvers, Massachusetts. He represented Massachusetts as a delegate to the Continental Congress and a member of the United States House of Representatives.


Holten was born in Danvers, Massachusetts on June 9, 1738. he was educated locally, studied medicine and established a practice in Gloucester. He soon returned to Danvers, where he continued the practice of medicine.

During the American Revolution Holten supported the Patriot cause. Holten served in the militia as a major in the First Essex County Regiment. He was a member of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress from 1774 to 1775 and the Massachusetts Committee of Safety in 1775. He served in the Continental Congress from 1778 to 1780 and in the United States in Congress Assembled, 1783 to 1785, and again in 1787. He was elected Chairman of the United States in Congress Assembled on August 17, 1785.

″His Excellency the president, being, by indisposition, prevented from attending the House, Congress proceeded to the election of a Chairman, and, the ballots being taken, the honble. Samuel Holten was elected.″[1]

Samuel Holten lived in this house in Danvers, Massachusetts.

Holten was a member of the state constitutional convention in 1779. From 1780 to 1782 Holten served in the Massachusetts Senate, and he served again in 1784, 1786, 1789, and 1790. In 1787 he was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

From 1780 to 1782 Holten was a member of the Massachusetts Governor's Council, and he served again in 1784, 1786, 1789 to 1792, 1795, and 1796.

In 1792 Holten was elected as an Anti-Administration candidate to the Third Congress (March 4, 1793 – March 3, 1795).

Holten also served as judge of the Essex County Court. He was appointed judge of the Essex County Probate Court in 1796, and he served until his resignation in 1815.

He died in Danvers on January 2, 1816, and was buried at Holten Cemetery in Danvers.[2]


  1. Journals of the United States in Congress Assembled, August 17, 1785
  2. Samuel Holten at Find a Grave
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Benjamin Goodhue
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 1st congressional district

March 4, 1793 – March 3, 1795
Succeeded by
Theodore Sedgwick

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