- The Lathrop Letters between Samual and his son document the Barnet’s first voyage
Samuel Lathrop was an important political leader in the early 1800s, both at the state and federal level. He served in the Massachusetts Senate before serving four successive terms in Congress. He then returned to his home state to serve in the State Senate for another two years, serving in 1829 and 1830 as President of the State Senate. Samuel Lathrop was serving in Congress at the time of the Barnet’s maiden voyage. At the conclusion of the Barnet’s historic journey, Samuel Lathrop was toasted as “the firm, undeviating friend of internal improvement”.
Samuel Lathrop Biography (Biographical Directory of the United States Congress)