- The probably most prominent Cabot of his generation, perhaps of the whole family, George Cabot dropped out of Harvard after his father’s death to enter the shipping business with his elder brothers John and Andrew Cabot. When they engaged in lucrative privateering, George Cabot was made a partner and soon became the leading spirit of the firm. In 1785, George Cabot formed a partnership with his brother-in-law Joseph Lee (who had married George’s sister Elizabeth). In 1787, he participated in the establishment of the Beverly Cotton Manufactory, a venture in which he was joined by his brothers John and Andrew Cabot as well as Israel Thorndike, Moses Brown, Henry Higginson and other businessmen from Beverly. The Beverly cotton mills were the first such project in America, but not very successful. In 1791, George Cabot retired from business and went into politics as a Federalist, following his friendship with Alexander Hamilton. George Cabot was US senator for Massachusetts from 1791 to 1796 and a leader of the Essex Junto, a group of New England merchants and lawyers who supported Alexander Hamilton and the Federalists. Among the other influent members of the Essex Junto were Timothy Pickering, Thomas Handasyd Perkins and Theophilus Parsons. George Cabot married his double cousin Elizabeth Higginson and had a son and a daughter.
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