(1696–1759) Colonial militia officer and land speculator. Born in England, Samuel Waldo moved to Boston with his family in 1700. He became one of Massachusetts' greatest land proprietors, and was appointed colonel commanding one of the state's two militia regiments in 1742. During King George's War, Waldo was the third ranking officer of the New England militiamen that captured Louisbourg in 1745, a brilliant and surprising accomplishment for such a force. At the conclusion of that campaign he was a brigadier general. During the French and Indian War (1754–63), Waldo proposed that a fort be built at the mouth of the Penobscot River. On a trip with the state governor to inspect the progress of that project, Waldo died suddenly of apoplexy.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.