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 +===== Chauncey Calhoun ===== 
 +\\ Remembered as one of [[Watertown|Watertown]]'​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 [[Jabez_Foster|Jabez Foster]] house, future site of the [[Paddock_Mansion|Paddock Mansion]]. Serving briefly in the [[War_of_1812|War of 1812]], he later collaborated with hundreds of workers in [[Sackets_Harbor|Sackets Harbor]] to build the Ship House that sheltered the frigate //New Orleans// in 1815. In 1816 he was one of the three original carpenters for the [[Madison_Barracks|Madison Barracks]]. 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 [[John_Paddock|John Paddock]] and [[Loveland_Paddock|Loveland Paddock]]. 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 [[The_Armory|The Armory]] in 1905 at the city’s centennial. His work as a builder on [[Court_Street|Court Street]] during the 1850’s was cited when Watertown’s [[Public_Square|Public Square]] was nominated for designation as an Historic District in 1984.\\ \\ \\ [[Notable_Personalities_Living_and_Dead|Notable Personalities Living and Dead]]
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