William Cushing was born August 10, 1823 in Newburyport. He graduated from Harvard in 1843 and then spent time traveling in the American West and Hawaiian islands. Back in Newburyport, Cushing joined his father and brother in their merchant business. Cushing served three terms as mayor of Newburyport, was a representative in the state Legislature, and president of Ocean Bank.

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