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Portsmouth in Rockingham County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Colonel Tobias Lear

 
 
Colonel Tobias Lear Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 28, 2017
1. Colonel Tobias Lear Marker
Inscription.

Was born in this house in 1760.
He was George Washington’s Secretary
from 1783 to 1799.
Washington visited here in 1789.
This tablet is placed by the Society
of the Sons of the Revolution
of the State of New Hampshire,
1899.

 
Erected 1899 by Sons of the Revolution of the State of New Hampshire.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the George Washington Slept Here marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.445′ N, 70° 45.013′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in Rockingham County. Marker is on Hunking Street west of Mechanic Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is a metal plaque mounted above eye level on the front wall of the subject house, near the southwest corner. Marker is at or near this postal address: 42 Hunking Street, Portsmouth NH 03801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Point of Graves (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Point of Graves (about 600 feet away); Sheafe Warehouse (about 600 feet away); Portsmouth NH Red Light District
Colonel Tobias Lear Marker (<i>wide view; marker visible near front corner of house</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 28, 2017
2. Colonel Tobias Lear Marker (wide view; marker visible near front corner of house)
(about 800 feet away); Liberty Pole and Bridge (about 800 feet away); Portsmouth NH Marine Railway (approx. 0.2 miles away); Black Yankees and The Sea (approx. 0.2 miles away); Portsmouth Navy Yard (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Also see . . .
1. Patriot, Tutor, Secretary, and Peace Envoy: Col. Tobias Lear, Esq. (1762-1816).
Through his journal and correspondence, Tobias Lear is probably responsible for much of what we know about the personal life of George Washington. In 1786 Tobias moved to Virginia to become both secretary to Washington, and tutor to Martha Washington’s two grandchildren. At that point in time Tobias was a twenty-four year-old Harvard graduate who had studied in Europe. He continued to serve Washington as his personal confidante throughout his Presidency, and often lived with him as a member of the family. Tobias Lear was with Washington at his death, and recorded his last moments for posterity. Washington spoke his last words to him. (Submitted on April 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Tobias Lear House.
The Tobias Lear House is a 2-1/2 story wood frame structure built c. 1750. It has claoboard siding, a hip roof with pedimented gable-roof dormers, and interior chimneys. Its main
House detail: front door image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 28, 2017
3. House detail: front door
facade is three bays wide, with a central entry framed by pilasters and topped by a triangular pediment. The house has only modest woodwork detailing, both on its inside and outside. The house was built by Tobias Lear, a merchant and ship's captain. His son, also named Tobias Lear, was private secretary to President George Washington, and hosted Washington in this house during his visit to Portsmouth in 1789. (Submitted on April 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Tobias Lear Tells the Tale of Washington's Death.
(This link presents the story surrounding George Washington's death, as if told by Tobias Lear.)
Greetings, traveler. I am Tobias Lear, the General’s personal secretary. Do come inside, though you have come to Mount Vernon on a most lamentable day. (Submitted on April 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

4. Governor John Langdon Mansion, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
You know his stately white mansion on the corner of Pleasant and Court Streets. But have you ever gone inside? President George Washington did in 1789, and he called it the most eminent house in the city. I’m pretty certain it was Langdon who convinced Washington to take on Tobias Lear as his personal secretary. Lear was Langdon’s nephew and Tobias later married Washington’s niece, a pretty cozy arrangement. Lear’s semi-restored house is also a Portsmouth landmark. (Submitted on April 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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House detail: front window image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 28, 2017
4. House detail: front window
House detail: interior image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 28, 2017
5. House detail: interior
Colonel Tobias Lear House image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 28, 2017
6. Colonel Tobias Lear House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on April 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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