Joseph S. Cabot

Joseph Sebastian Cabot (October 8, 1796 – June 29, 1874) was a Massachusetts banker and politician who served as the fourth Mayor of Salem, Massachusetts.

Joseph Sebastian Cabot[1]
4th Mayor of
Salem, Massachusetts[2]
In office
Preceded byStephen Palfrey Webb
Succeeded byNathaniel Silsbee, Jr.
Personal details
BornOctober 8, 1796[1][2]
Salem, Massachusetts[2]
DiedJune 29, 1874(1874-06-29) (aged 77)[2]
Salem, Massachusetts[3]
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Martha Laurens Stearns[1]
ResidenceChestnut Street, Salem, Massachusetts[3]
Alma materHarvard,[3] 1815[1][2][3]
ProfessionBank president[2]

Cabot was president of the Asiatic Bank,[2][3] the Salem Savings Bank, and the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.[1] He was also the Massachusetts State Bank Commissioner.[1]

In 1838, Cabot's name was submitted for a fourth consecutive Democratic nomination to the United States House of Representatives from the south Essex County district, but the district convention at Salem chose Robert Rantoul Jr. The nomination provoked a dispute between Rantoul and Benjamin F. Hallett, who supported Cabot and was in competition with Rantoul for the position of United States Attorney.[4] Rantoul went on to lose to Whig incumbent Leverett Saltonstall I with a significant write-in vote for Cabot.[5] Rantoul claimed these votes were cast by Gloucester fishermen returning from long months at sea who had been misinformed that Cabot was the Democratic nominee by "disorganizers."[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Treman, Ebenezer Mack (1901), The History of the Treman, Tremaine, Truman family in America, Part II., Ithaca, N.Y.: Ebenezer Mack Treman, p. 1820
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Hurd, Duane Hamilton (1888), History of Essex County, Massachusetts: with Biographical Sketches of Many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men, Volume I, Issue 1, Philadelphia, PA: J.W. Lewis & Co., p. 225
  3. ^ a b c d e The Boston Globe (June 30, 1874), "JOSEPH S. CABOT.", The Boston Globe., Boston, MA, p. 4
  4. ^ Darling, Arthur (1925). Political Changes in Massachuestts, 1824–1848. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press. pp. 222–24.
  5. ^ "MA District 2, 1838". March 22, 2011. Retrieved June 1, 2021.
  6. ^ Darling, p. 235.
Political offices
Preceded by 4th Mayor of
Salem, Massachusetts

Succeeded by