Judge Samuel Dexter (1792-1863) is the founder of the community of Dexter. He published the first newspaper in the area, The Emigrant, founded in 1829.

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Dexter, Samuel W. (1792-1863) — of Dexter, Washtenaw County, Mich. Born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., 1792. Son of Samuel Dexter. Newspaper publisher; Washtenaw County Judge, 1826-27; candidate for Delegate to U.S. Congress from Michigan Territory, 1831. Died in Dexter, Washtenaw County, Mich., February 6, 1863. Burial location Forest Lawn Cemetery, Dexter, Washtenaw Co., Michigan.