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Samuel 'Squire' Tarbox, Westport, ca. 1850

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Samuel 'Squire' Tarbox, Westport, ca. 1850
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An image of Samuel Tarbox (1780-1861) may have come from a daguerreotype taken by his son, Valentine.

Samuel Tarbox was born in Litchfield. In 1806, soon after marrying Mary "Polly" Brown, he bought land on Westport (then Jeremysquam or Squam Island, a part of Edgecomb) where he had a distinguished civic history and was a successful businessman.

He was a Captain in the War of 1812; a member of the House of Representatives from Edgecomb in 1827; Westport's first First Selectman after its incorporation as a town in 1828; and Westport's first Postmaster in 1829.

Tarbox had business interests in fishing stations, fishing schooners, a sawmill, land trading and farming. He and his wife had 12 children.

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