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Jonathan Makepeace

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Preceded by  Abijah Cheever
Succeeded by  John Shaw

Nationality  American
Name  Jonathan Makepeace
Died  February 6, 1850 (aged 75) Saugus, Massachusetts
Spouse(s)  Anna Nye (1799–1826; her death) Mary Stocker (1829–1850; his death)
Occupation  Snuff and chocolate manufacturer

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Jonathan Makepeace also known as Major Makepeace was an American businessman and political figure who manufactured snuff and held political office in Saugus, Massachusetts.


Early life

Makepeace was born on May 7, 1774 in Norton, Massachusetts. On July 10, 1799 he married Anna Nye in her hometown of Hardwick, Massachusetts. They had four daughters, Peris Nye (1801–1822), Ann Maria (1803–1825), Mary Ann (1805–1826), and Deborah Briggs (1809–1835) and two sons Jonathan Briggs (1802–1803) and Jonathan, Jr. (1815–1836).


In 1792, Makepeace's uncle, George Makepeace, purchased an abandoned mill on the Saugus River. In 1797 Jonathan Makepeace began manufacturing chocolate at the mill. The chocolate business was later taken over by Amariah Childs. In 1798, Makepeace took over his uncle's snuff business, which he continued until 1844. Makepeace was known for the attention he gave to his product, which became known nationwide.


In 1814, Makepeace was a signer of a petition that requested that Lynn's Second Parish be set off as a separate town known as Westport. The plan was abandoned, however the following year the Second Parish separated from Lynn and became the Town of Saugus. Saugus' first Town Meeting was held on March 13, 1815 and Makepeace was appointed to the position of Sealer of Weights and Measurers and elected to the town's first Board of Selectmen, Assessors, and Overseers of the Poor as well as its first School Committee. He later he served as Saugus' Town Treasurer.

In 1820, Makepeace was Saugus' delegate to the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention.

In 1823, Makepeace represented Saugus in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Later life and death

Anna Makepeace died on July 3, 1826. On August 9, 1829, Makepeace married Mary Stocker of Saugus.

Makepeace died on February 6, 1850 in Saugus.


Jonathan Makepeace Wikipedia

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