FREEMAN, Jonathan (1745-1808)

FREEMAN, JONATHAN, (uncle of Nathaniel Freeman, Jr.), a Representative from New Hampshire; born in Mansfield, Conn., March 21, 1745; attended the public schools; moved to New Hampshire in 1769 and settled in Hanover; engaged in agricultural pursuits; was town clerk and also justice of the peace; executive councilor 1789-1797; member of the State house of representatives 1787-1789; served in the State senate 1789-1794; delegate to the Constitutional convention of 1791; member of the State council; overseer of Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 1793-1808; treasurer of Dartmouth College for more than forty years; elected as a Federalist to the Fifth and Sixth Congresses (March 4, 1797-March 3, 1801); resumed agricultural pursuits; died in Hanover, N.H., August 20, 1808; interment in Hanover Center Cemetery.

Dartmouth College
Rauner Special Collections Library
Hanover, NH
Papers: 1773-1808, 0.5 foot.
Correspondence between Jonthan Freeman and his family, including letters written while he was serving as a United States congressman. Also includes accounts with the trustees of Dartmouth College and legal documents pertaining to the case of Jonathan Freeman vs. Ebenezer Woodward in dispute of ownership of plot of land adjacent to Dartmouth College; case carried forward by Edward Freeman, executor for Jonathan Freeman. Some correspondence between Freeman family members.

Papers: In the John Taylor Gilman Papers, ca. 1780-1828, 0.2 linear foot.
Other authors include Jonathan Freeman.


New Hampshire Historical Society
Concord, NH
Papers: 1775-1872, 170 items.
Mainly letters (1797-1801) to Jonathan Freeman during his service in Congress, concerning Dartmouth and the lotteries, political news from New Hampshire and comments on national affairs, the quarrel with France, the Army, and the election of 1800; together with commissions and correspondence of Freeman's son, Asa Freeman (1788-1867), lawyer of Dover, N.H., correspondence of his grandson Francis Atkinson Freeman (1822-1884) chiefly while a student at Dartmouth, wills of Theodore Atkinson (1697-1779) and of George and Susanna Atkinson, a few letters to William King Atkinson (1765-1820), Dover lawyer and judge, an act to change his name from William King to Atkinson (1788), deeds to land in Dover, and estate inventory (1820). Correspondents include Benjamin J. Gilbert, Hanover lawyer, John Taylor Gilman, Governor of New Hampshire, Jeremiah Smith, New Hampshire chief justice, and Bezaleel Woodward, professor at Dartmouth College.