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Biographical Sketch of Hon. Thomas Mackie Edwards

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Hon. Thomas Mackie Edwards, son of Dr. Thomas Edwards, was born in Providence, in 1795, but was brought to Keene by his parents at an early age. He fitted for college with Rev. John Sabine, of Fitzwilliam, graduated at Dartmouth college, in 1813, read law with Henry Hubbard, of Charlestown, and commenced to practice in Keene. He was postmaster at Keene from 1817 to 1829, and was eight years a member of the state legislature, between the years 18J4 and 1856. In the latter year he was a presidential elector. In 1859 and 1861, he was elected a representative in congress, where he served on important committees, and was distinguished for great industry, strict integrity, and fidelity to the interest of his constituents. He was a thorough scholar, an able lawyer, and a successful financier. He possessed good judgment, great executive ability, much energy and perseverance. In 1845 he became interested in railroads, and was the first president of the Cheshire railroad. In the same year he married Mary H. Fisk. He died May 1, 1875.


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