Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Appleton, William

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APPLETON, William, merchant, b. in Brookfield, Mass., 16 Nov., 1786; d. in Longwood, near Boston, 20 Feb., 1862. He was a son of the Rev. Joseph Appleton, of Brookfield, received an academical education, and at the age of fifteen became a clerk in a country store at Temple. In 1807 he went to Boston, where for over fifty years he was a successful merchant, giving also much attention to banking and financial operations. He was president of the U. S. branch bank from 1832 to 1836, and was also president of the provident institution for savings and the Massachusetts general hospital. He gave $30,000 to the last-named institution, and was noted for his benevolence. He was elected as a whig to congress, serving from 1851 to 1855, and again was a member in the special session from 4 July to 6 Aug., 1861, after which he resigned.