John Langdon

Burial Location Visited Constitution Signer Grave #
Portsmouth, New Hampshire July 1, 2010 10th Visited


The tomb of patriot John Langdon in                                          Langdon is buried in the same cemetery
Portsmouth, New Hampshire.                                                    as William Whipple, who was a signatory
                                                                                              of the Declaration of Independence.


My father and I visited Langdon's grave in                                                  John Langdon served several
July of 2010 while heading up to see Hannibal                                            stints as the governor of New
Hamlin's grave in Bangor, Maine.                                                               Hampshire.

                                       *** Interesting Facts ***

* Statesman John Langdon took his first breaths on June 26, 1741 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where he would spend the majority of his life. In his adolescence, Langdon served as a clerk. He served as an apprentice to several merchants an later became the captain of the Andromache, a cargo ship. He eventually emerged as one of Portsmouth's wealthiest citizens.

* By 1774, there was a lot of tension between Great Britain and its colonies in North America. In an attempt to avoid further hostilities in his kingdom, King George III prevented weapons and ammunition from being transported to the colonies. In response, John Langdon led a force of approximately forty men to the nearby Fort William and Mary, where they overtook a small group of British soldiers and stole several dozen barrels of gunpowder.

* John Langdon was later sent as a delegate to the Continental Congress, where he served from 1775 to 1776. He departed from Congress in June of that year, however, and therefore did not vote for or sign the Declaration of Independence. He then served as "navy-agent" and supervised the construction of multiple warships, including John Paul Jones' USS Ranger. Also, Langdon was a member of the Assembly of New Hampshire.

* After the American Revolution came to an end, Langdon returned to serve in the Continental Congress. From 1785 to 1786, he served as the governor of New Hampshire. He had several more stints as governor, and he served from 1788 to 1789, from 1805 to 1809, and from 1810 to 1812. In 1787, he was sent to the Constitutional Convention, where he signed the document that serves as the backbone of the American government.

* Langdon became a U.S. senator in 1789, and was the first president pro tempore. Though he lost that title later in the year, he continued to serve in the Senate and became the president pro tempore again in 1792. Langdon left Congress in 1801, but he did not leave politics all together. He would spend several years in the New Hampshire State Legislature before finally retiring. The statesman and patriot passed away in 1819.

Spouse: Elizabeth Sherburne Langdon (1751-1813)

Political Party:
 Pro-Administration Party
                         Anti-Administration Party
                         Democratic-Republican Party

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