Contributed by Westport Island History Committee
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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.
About This Item
- Title: Samuel 'Squire' Tarbox, Westport, ca. 1850
- Creator: Tarbox, Valentine
- Creation Date: circa 1850
- Subject Date: circa 1850
- Town: Westport Island
- County: Lincoln
- State: ME
- Media: Daguerreotype
- Dimensions: 14 cm x 20.5 cm
- Local Code: TarInn.Photo.2.c1850
- Collection: Squire Tarbox Inn Collection
- Object Type: Image
For more information about this item, contact:Westport Island History Committee
6 Fowles Point Road, Westport Island, ME 04578
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