Samuel 'Squire' Tarbox, Westport, ca. 1850
Purchase a reproduction of this item on VintageMaineImages.com.
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.
Please post your comment below to share with others. If you'd like to privately share a comment or correction with MMN staff, please use this form.