Samuel Whittemore, Jr. (1695 - 1793) MP

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Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
Occupation: Captain
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About Samuel Whittemore, Jr.

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CAPTAIN SAMUEL WHITTEMORE

Samuel Whittemore was born in England on July 27th, 1695, and came to North America as a Captain in His Majesty's Dragoons, fighting the French in 1745. He was involved in the capture of the French stronghold, Fort Louisburg, and there captured a decorative french officer's sword, which he cherished for the rest of his life. About its capture, all Sam would say is that its previous owner had "died suddenly".

After the war he stayed in the colonies, purchasing a farm in Menotomy (now Arlington, Massachusetts). He married Elizabeth Spring, and after her death remarried to Mrs. Esther Prentice. By his two wives he had three sons and five daughters. His house, on Massachusetts Avenue, in Arlington, still exists. (7)

On April 19, 1775, British forces were returning to Boston from the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the opening engagements of the war. On their march they were continually shot at by colonial militiamen. Whittemore was in his fields when he spotted an approaching British relief brigade under Earl Percy, sent to assist the retreat. Whittemore loaded his musket and ambushed the British from behind a nearby stone wall, killing one soldier. He then drew his dueling pistols and killed a grenadier and mortally wounded a second. By the time Whittemore had fired his third shot, a British detachment reached his position; Whittemore drew his sword and attacked. He was shot in the face, bayoneted thirteen times, and left for dead in a pool of blood. He was found alive, trying to load his musket to fight again. He was taken to Dr. Cotton Tufts of Medford, who perceived no hope for his survival. However, Whittemore lived another 18 years until dying of natural causes at the age of 98.

A monument in Arlington, Massachusetts reads:

Near this spot, Samuel Whittemore, then 80 years old, killed three British soldiers, April 19, 1775. He was shot, bayoneted, beaten and left for dead, but recovered and lived to be 98 years of age.

In 2005, Samuel Whittemore was proclaimed the official state hero of Massachusetts and his memory is commemorated on February 3rd each year.[1]

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Samuel Whittemore (1694 - February 3, 1793) was an American farmer and soldier. He was eighty years of age when he became the oldest known colonial combatant in the American Revolutionary War.

Biography

Whittemore was born in England. He came to North America in 1745 as an officer in the British Army, where he fought in King George's War. He was involved in the capture of the French stronghold, Fort Louisburg. After the war he stayed in the colonies, settling in Menotomy, Massachusetts (present-day Arlington). He subsequently fought in the French and Indian War at the age of 64, once again assisting in the capture of Fort Louisburg.

On April 19, 1775, British forces were returning to Boston from the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the opening engagements of the war. On their march, they were continually shot at by colonial militiamen.

Whittemore was in his fields when he spotted an approaching British relief brigade under Earl Percy, sent to assist the retreat. Whittemore loaded his musket and ambushed the British from behind a nearby stone wall, killing one soldier. He then drew his dueling pistols and killed a grenadier and mortally wounded a second. He managed to fire three shots before a British detachment reached his position. Whittemore then attacked with a sword. He was shot in the face, bayoneted thirteen times, and left for dead in a pool of blood. He was found alive, trying to load his musket to fight again. He was taken to Dr. Cotton Tufts of Medford, who perceived no hope for his survival. However, Whittemore lived another 18 years until dying of natural causes at the age of 98. A picture of a monument for Samuel Whittemore with the inscription "Near this spot, Samuel Whittemore, then 80 years old, killed three British soldiers, April 19, 1775. He was shot, bayoneted, beaten and left for dead, but recovered and lived to be 98 years of age." Samuel Whittemore Monument located in Arlington, Massachusetts.

A monument in Arlington, Massachusetts reads:

   Near this spot, Samuel Whittemore, then 80 years old, killed three British soldiers, April 19, 1775. He was shot, bayoneted, beaten and left for dead, but recovered and lived to be 98 years of age.

In 2005, Samuel Whittemore was proclaimed the official state hero of Massachusetts.

Samuel Whittemore is a revolutionary war hero in Massachusetts. He was close to 80 and out ploughing his fields in what is now Arlington center, when he saw the British troops marching out to Lexington in April of 1775. While not able to get to Lexington, he was waiting when the British returned and single handedly attacked with his 2 dueling pistols and musket. He killed two soldiers outright, and fatally wounded a third. With no time to reload, he charged with bayonet. Needless to say the British were not pleased and Samuel was bayoneted, shot and left for dead. Friends and neighbors carried him on a door to the local tavern where the town doctor at first said that nothing could be done. He was prevailed upon to do what he could and despite all expectations, Samuel recovered and lived to be over 90.

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Samuel Whittemore, Jr.'s Timeline

1695
July 27, 1695
England
1721
January 19, 1721
Age 25
Cambridge, MA, USA
1721
Age 25
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
1729
October 29, 1729
Age 34
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts
1732
October 29, 1732
Age 37
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
1741
1741
Age 45
1793
February 3, 1793
Age 97
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA