About Robert Rantoul
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH Robert Rantoul was born on November 23, 1778 in Salem, Massachusetts to Robert Rantoul (1753-1783) and Mary Preston (1755-1816). At age 14, Rantoul began apprenticing with local apothecaries, Dr. William Stearns and Dr. Joseph Osgood of Salem, before opening his own apothecary in Beverly, Massachusetts in 1796. Rantoul was involved in a variety of social organizations in Beverly and held multiple political positions as well. He served in the town militia and eventually became Captain of the Light Infantry Company of Beverly from 1805 to 1809. He acted as Overseer of the Poor for over fifty years. He was Parish Clerk of the First Parish Church and deacon of the First Church for forty-six years. He was appointed Justice of the Peace and acting Trial Justice for Beverly from 1808 to 1858. In 1809 he was appointed to the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and was reelected to the position annually until 1820.