The papers of the Ames family include correspondence, notes, and financial records of Fisher Ames; correspondence of Margaret
Bradford-Ames; military papers, letters, business papers, and notes of Pelham Warren Ames (San Francisco and Boston); and
Fisher Ames (1758-1808) was a statesman, Federalist publicist, orator and Congressman. He was elected to Congress in 1789
and served until 1796. In 1805 he was offered the presidency of Harvard, but declined due to poor health and "advancing age"
(47). His son Seth Ames married Margaret S. Bradford; their son Pelham Warren Ames served in the navy during the Civil War
and was a lawyer.
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