1)The Senator from NH was John Langdon. References to Thomas are errors, whether made now or by Washington himself.
2)I had Thomas with last name Leavitt. I've changed it to Langdon, but I'm not totally convinced that I was wrong originally. A death record of a daughter is quite removed from the maiden name of the mother. And the death record of Mary Pottle herself could even be in error regarding her maiden name. Clearly Langdon is a "better" name than Leavitt given that John Langdon was a Signer, Senator and Governor, and if Mary had been briefly married to a Langdon, the name could've stuck. Also, if mother Mary C was a Langdon, the name could have "skipped" a generation. I have seen it before in the vitals.
3)Thomas was a Leavitt name and there was both Leavitts and Langdons in Portsmouth where Thomas was born.
4)Whereas daughter Fanny Ludington's DR says she was born in Stratham, Maine, clearly in error, one has to wonder, why Maine? Was her grandfather a Maine Leavitt?
Lastly)Does anyone know why I had called him a Leavitt?
Entries in Quotes from Washington's Diary.:
"Messrs. Langdon & Wingate of the Senate" - John Langdon (1741--1819) and Paine Wingate (1739--1838) were New Hampshire's two United States senators. Langdon, a former Portsmouth merchant, had seen military service at Saratoga during the Revolution and was a member of the Continental Congress 1775--76, 1783. At this time he was president pro tempore of the Senate. Wingate lived at Stratham, N.H., had served in the Continental Congress 1787--88, and was a United States senator until 1795. - "From the Town House I went to Colonel Brewsters Ta[ver]n4 the place provided for my residence and asked the President, Vice-President, the two Senators, the Marshall and Majr. Gilman5 to dine with me, which they did--after which I drank Tea at Mr. Langdons." - John Langdon's mansion, built in 1784, was on Pleasant Street in Portsmouth. "November 1st. Attended by the President of the State (Genl. Sullivan) Mr. Langdon, & the Marshall" " Having made previous preparations for it--About 8 Oclock attended by the President, Mr. Langdon & some other Gentlemen, I went in a boat to view the harbour of Portsmouth" "about 1 Oclock we returned to Town.2 Dined at Col. Langdons, and drank Tea there with a large Circle of Ladies and retired a little after Seven O'clock"
As one can see clearly, President Washington never refers to Langdon by his first name, but by Mr, Senator and Colonel. And it must be John to whom he refers. The error must be J Dennis Robinson's.
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