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Lincoln, Solomon (of MA)

Born: 1804-02-28 Hingham, Massachusetts

Died: 1881-12-01 Hingham, Massachusetts

Flourished: Hingham, Massachusetts

Lincoln graduated from Brown University in 1822, read law, and became an attorney in Hingham, Massachusetts. In addition to his law practice, he served as representative to the Massachusetts General Court, 1829 and 1841; state senator, 1830-31; United States marshal, 1841-44; master in chancery, 1842-43; bank commissioner, 1849; and register of probate pro tem for Plymouth County, 1853. He also served as cashier of the Webster National Bank in Boston, 1853-65. He was a member of the Massachusetts Historical Society and of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and president of the Hingham Cemetery Association and of the Hingham Agricultural and Horticultural Society. He had a keen interest in historical and genealogical study, and in 1827, wrote History of the Town of Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, one of the first town histories. He was a regular contributor to the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, and was the first to suggest the possibility that Abraham Lincoln was a descendant of Samuel Lincoln. In 1837, he married Mehitable Lincoln, with whom he had three children.

Waldo Lincoln, History of the Lincoln Family: An Account of the Descendants of Samuel Lincoln of Hingham Massachusetts, 1637-1920 (Worcester, MA: Commonwealth, 1923), 313-14.