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Biographical Sketch of Hon. Cyrus Barton

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HON. CYRUS BARTON, son of Benjamin Barton, Esq., was born Dec. 25, 1795. He commenced the ” Claremont Spectator,” at Claremont, in 1823, but in 1825 removed to Newport and commenced the ” New Hampshire Spectator,” where he remained until June, 1829, when he removed to Concord and took charge of the N. H. Patriot. He retired for a short time from the editorial chair and was engaged in agriculture at Hopkinton, but in Jan. 1852, returned to Concord and established the ” State Capital Reporter,” a semiweekly paper, which he superintended during the remainder of his life. He was Register of Deeds for Sullivan County in 1827 and 1829, and was appointed Aid-de-Camp of Gov. Pierce in 1829 ; chosen Secretary of the College of Electors of President and Vice President in 1833, and again in 1836 and 1840 ; elected Senator from District No. 4 in 1833, and re-elected in 1834; elected Councilor from Rockingham District in 1843 ; appointed by President Polk, U. S. Marshal for the District of N. H. in 1845 ; was a member of the Constitutional Convention, and President of the City Council of Concord in 1845. He married Hannah Hale, sister of the late Hon. Salma Hale, of Keene. “He was a man of ability, a ready, pointed and vigorous writer, and exerted a wide -influence in the State.” He died Feb. 17, 1855, at Loudon, while making a political speech, falling into the arms of his opponent.


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