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Hon. Samuel Dinsmoor was a native of Windham, born July 1, 1766, He was of the Londonderry Scotch-Irish descent, great-grandson of John Dinsmoor, one of the first settlers, grandson of Robert Dinsmoor, and son of William Dinsmoor. He graduated at Dartmouth college in 1789, read law, and settled in Keene, in 1792. As a young man, he was especially interested in military affairs, and organized the Keene Light Infantry, one of the finest drilled and best equipped corps known under the old militia laws. In 1808 he was appointed postmaster. In 1811 he was elected to congress, and distinguished himself by favoring the war with Great Britain. On his return he was appointed collector of the direct tax, and afterwards was judge of probate. In 1821 he was elected a councilor. In 1823 he was the regular nominee for governor, but was defeated by Levi Woodbury, on an independent ticket In 1831, 1832 and 1833, he was elected governor. He died March 15, 1835.