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Remembered as one of
's earliest settlers, arriving from Washington, Connecticut via the Mohawk Valley c. 1805, Chauncey Calhoun (1776-1856) worked as a carpenter and joiner on many of the village’s earliest structures. In 1810 he constructed the
house, future site of the
. Serving briefly in the
War of 1812
, he later collaborated with hundreds of workers in
to build the Ship House that sheltered the frigate
in 1815. In 1816 he was one of the three original carpenters for the
. Serving as Watertown village trustee in 1818-1819 and 1827-1828, he was a founder of Watertown’s Universalist Society in 1820.
Calhoun married Sarah Edwards Paddock, sister of
. Their son John Calhoun (1808-1859) established Chicago’s first newspaper, the Chicago Democrat, in 1833. Calhoun was also a brother-in-law of early Watertown settler John Hathaway.
Chauncey Calhoun’s portrait was displayed among Watertown’s founders at
in 1905 at the city’s centennial. His
work as a builder on
during the 1850’s was cited when Watertown’s
was nominated for designation as an Historic District in 1984.
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