Samuel Dayton as Representative and Negotiator

This being election day, I was thinking about Samuel Dayton (c.1624-1690) as representative for the interests of the Town of Brookhaven. What a contrast from the image we have of him in his earlier years!

On numerous occasions, he was appointed to be the intercessor with rival whaling companies and with Native Americans for land or whale rights. On at least two occasions he appeared before the Governor with Mr. Woodhull and he was present to witness other land transactions or disputes with Sachem Tobacus and Unkechaug delegations. Pelletreau called Sam “commissioner to the Indians.” He also acted as attorney for the town.

It makes me wonder what special abilities or demeanor Samuel possessed.

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