Henry Marchant

Henry Marchant (1741 - 1796)

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Judge Henry Marchant
Born in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusettsmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Trinity Church, Newport, Newport, Rhode Islandmap
Died in Newport, Rhode Island, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 26 Jul 2014
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Categories: American Founding Fathers | Special Improvement Projects | Continental Congress | Signers of the Articles of Confederation | NSSAR Patriot Ancestors | American Revolution.

Henry Marchant is an NSSAR Patriot Ancestor.
NSSAR Ancestor #: P-100953
Rank: Unknown
Judge Henry Marchant served during the American Revolution
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Born in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, Marchant received an A.M. from the College of Philadelphia, now the University of Pennsylvania in 1762. He joined the bar in 1767, and practiced in Newport, Rhode Island from 1767 to 1777. Marchant was the state attorney general of Rhode Island from 1771 to 1777. He returned to private practice while also farming, in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, from 1780 to 1784. Marchant was a Delegate to the Rhode Island General Assembly from 1784 to 1790.

On July 2, 1790, Marchant was nominated by President George Washington to be the first judge of the newly created United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Marchant was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 3, 1790, and received his commission the same day, serving until his death in 1796.

He was a member of Second Congregational Church of Newport. His farm, the Henry Marchant Farm, is located in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

Marchant died in Newport, Rhode Island and is buried in the Common Burying Ground, Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA.

Spouse: Rebecca Cooke Marchant 1736 - 1819.

Children: Sarah Marchant Case 1766 - 1833. Henry Marchant 1768 - 1770. William Marchant 1770 - 1772. Elizabeth Marchant Sessions 1771 - 1839.


  • Charles Francis Adams: The works of John Adams, Volume 8; Little-Brown; 1853; p. 61. Quoting "William Ellery and others to John Adams," Newport, RI, May 26, 1783.
  • Lovejoy, David S. “Henry Marchant and the Mistress of the World. William and Mary Quarterly 3d ser., 12 (July 1955): 375-98.
  • "Rhode Island Marriages, 1724-1916," database, FamilySearch [1] : Henry Marchant and Rebecca Cooke, 08 Jan 1765; citing Trinity Church,Newport,Newport,Rhode Island, reference ; FHL microfilm 22,422.
  • Sons of the American Revolution Patriot #P- P-100953
  • Wikipedia: Henry Marchant

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  • "Henry Marchant" by Etching by Max Rosenthal (1833-1918)[2]. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - [3]

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