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Benjamin Lincoln Lear
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Benjamin Lincoln Lear
Lear's only son born to first wife Polly Lear
on March 11, 1791

Born in the Washington's early "white house" home in Philadelphia, Benjamin was named after Portsmouth's Col. Benjamin Lincoln, but his godfather was President George Washington. Benjamin was only two when his mother Polly died and he spent most of his childhood either with his grandmother in New Hampshire or in boarding school.

Back cover art from: "The Checkered Career of Tobias Lear" by Raymond Brighton, Portsmouth Marine Society, Portsmouth, NH, 1985 Picture is attributed to a miniature by Gilbert Stuart from an anonymous collector


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