Industrialist, US Congressman. Born in New Ipswich, New Hampshire. The son of Isaac Appleton and his wife Mary Adams. He attended the common schools and the local academy in preparation for college study. At the age of 15 he was admitted to Dartmouth College but decided instead to enter business. He accompanied his elder brother Samuel to Boston and learned bookkeeping in order to work as a clerk in Samuel's mercantile house. When he reached 21, he became a full partner in the business, which continued until 1809. In the following year he joined his brother Eben and another merchant, Daniel P. Parker, in a similar venture, which prospered until it was dissolved in 1813. He among others purchased the water power at Pawtucket Falls, and he was one of the founders of the Merrimac Manufacturing Company. The settlement grew around these factories and developed into the city of Lowell. In 1821 he was one of the three founders. Nathan married Maria Theresa Gold in April, 1806, the couple had five children. Maria would die in 1833 and Nathan would remarried on January, 1839, to Harriot Coffin Sumner. They would have three children. Nathan was a member of the general court of Massachusetts in 1816, 1821, 1822, 1824 and 1827. In 1831 to 1833 and also 1842 he served in the United States House of Representatives, in which he was prominent as an advocate of protective duties. He was also a member of the Academy of Science and Arts, and of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Publishing speeches and essays on currency, banking, and the tariff, as well as his memoirs on the power loom and Lowell. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1842. He died at the age of 81.
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