Hon. Samuel Edmund Sewall

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Samuel Edmund Sewall, Esq.

Birthdate: (89)
Birthplace: Sudbury Street, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Death: December 20, 1888 (89)
4 Park Street, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States (Enlarged prostate)
Place of Burial: Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Esq. Joseph Sewall and Mary Sewall
Husband of Louisa Maria Sewall and Harriet Sewall
Brother of Thomas Robie Sewall

Occupation: Attorney, politician
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Hon. Samuel Edmund Sewall

Elbridge Henry Goss, The History of Melrose, County of Middlesex, Massachusetts, (The City of Melrose, 1902. Melrose, Mass.; A W Dunton & Co., Printers), "Electronic," Page 379.


"He graduated from Harvard College in 1817. He came to North Malden in 1846, when it had but two or three hundred inhabitants. He was elected State Senator from Stoneham in 1852, as his house was just over the line from Melrose; but this territory was detached from Stoneham and joined to Melrose in 1853. He was identified with the anti-slavery movement from its beginnings, being one of the few who joined William Lloyd Garrison when he came to Boston in 1830. Mr. Sewall was also a prominent member of the National Anti-Slavery Society.

Upon the organization of the Liberty party he was for two years its candidate for Governor. He acted with that and the Free-Soil party until they were merged in the Republican party. He was ever foremost in advocating the passage of laws for the benefit of women, and while in the Senate he drafted a bill which became a law, giving married women the right to hold property. His only printed work is a pamphlet entitled Legal Condition of Women in Massachusetts, which was first issued in 1868; then revised in 1870, again in 1875 and again in 1886.

He died on 20 December 1888 in 4 Park Street, Boston, Massachusetts, at the age of 89 an enlarged prostate, though the public version was an attack of pneumonia.12 His funeral of took place on 23 December 1888 at the Church of the Disciples, Boston, a fitting innovation on this occasion was the participation of women as pall bearers. These were Mrs. Lucy Stone, Mrs. Julia Ward Howe, Mrs. Ednah D. Cheney, Mrs. Mary A. Livermore, Miss Sarah S. Southwick and Miss Anne Whitney; to these were joined Henry I. Bowditch, John C. Ropes, Frederic Tudor, George A. Day, William Lloyd Garrison and Frank J. Garrison. The burial took place at Mount Auburn

Children of Samuel Edmund Sewall and Louisa Maria Winslow

  1. Dr. Lucy Ellen Sewall14 b. 26 Apr 1837, d. 13 Feb 1890
  2. Louisa Winslow Sewall+ b. 3 Jun 1846


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Hon. Samuel Edmund Sewall's Timeline

November 9, 1799
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
December 20, 1888
Age 89
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
December 23, 1888
Age 89
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States