Luther Metcalf, 1756–1838


Occupation

Cabinetmaker

Location

Medway, Massachusetts, Providence, Rhode Island

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Biography

Luther Metcalf was born in 1756 in Wrentham, Massachusetts to Joseph and Hannah (Haven) Metcalf. He apprenticed to North Franklin, Massachusetts cabinetmaker Elisha Richardson. He removed to Medway, Massachusetts in 1773, where he would marry Mercy Whiting. Metcalf served in the Revolutionary War, first joining the Minute Men in 1775.(1)

Metcalf was briefly engaged in a cabinetmaking partnership with Cyrus Cleveland around 1801. Producing furniture cheaply using the rural labor pool of Medway, Metcalf shipped pieces to the more active commercial market of Providence for sale.(2)

He died in Medway in 1838.

BWC


1. E.O. Jameson, The Biographical Sketched of Prominent Persons, and The Genealogical Records of Many Early and Other Families in Medway, Mass. 1713-1886, (Providence, Rhode Island: J.A. & R.A. Reid, Printers, 1886), 79.

2. The Providence Gazette, "Cheap Cabinet Furniture Store," October 17, 1801. http://infoweb.newsbank.com.