About this Famous Person
American merchant, seaman, and politician
Published by : Tim DOWLING
Cabot was born in Salem, Massachusetts. His father was Joseph Cabot, a ship merchant. His mother was Elizabeth Higginson. He had ten siblings, three being: Capt. John Cabot (b. 1745), Joseph Cabot Jr. (b. 1746), and Samuel Cabot (b. 1758).
Cabot attended Harvard College for two years before dropping out to go to sea.
By the age of twenty-one, he was captain of his own ship.
A member of the Pro-Administration Party and a Federalist, Cabot's political career began in 1775, when he became a member of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress. In 1777, he was a delegate to the state constitutional convention. In 1787, Cabot was a Delegate to the state convention that ratified the United States Constitution. He was elected (as "Pro-Administration") to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1791 to June 9, 1796. In 1798, Cabot was appointed but declined to be the first United States Secretary of the Navy. He also became a delegate to the Hartford Convention of 1814.
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