|Birth: ||Sep. 25, 1794|
|Death: ||Nov. 14, 1878|
John Sherburne Sleeper (1794–1878) was an American sailor, ship master, novelist (who used the pseudo name of Hawser Martingale), journalist, editor and politician. He was the 6th Mayor of Roxbury, Massachusetts in office 1856–1858, Member of the Massachusetts Senate from the 7th Suffolk district in 1877, and Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
Some of His Popular Books:
A Whale Adventure in the Pacific (1841).
Tales of the Ocean (1842).
Salt Water Bubbles: Or, Life on the Wave (1854).
Ocean Adventures: Or, Cabin and Forecastle Yarns of Thrilling Incidents (1857).
Jack in the Forecastle (1860).
Mark Rowland; A tale of the Sea (1867).
Obituary from Potter's American Monthly:
Death of "Hawser Martingale."—John Sherburne Sleeper, formerly and for many years editor of the Boston Journal, and a writer of wide reputation, died recently at his residence at Boston Highlands, at the age of eighty-four years. The first part of his life was spent at sea, and for twenty-two years he was a sailor. In 1830 he became editor of the Exeter News Letter, remaining there until 1833, and soon thereafter took charge of the Boston Journal, which position he held until May 19, 1854. He then entered heartily into politics. Captain Sleeper married, in February, 1826, Mary Folsom Noble, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. They had six children, three of whom are now living. His domestic life was a very happy one; and he could well afford, after his long experience in several fields of the world's activity, to rest in his old age. His funeral, which took place on the following Sunday afternoon, was largely attended. The remains were interred at Forest Hills Cemetery.
Forest Hills Cemetery and Crematory
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Record added: May 23, 2011
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what wonderful adventurous life you led. rest in peace.|
Gen Story Girl
Added: May. 23, 2011