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Biographical Sketch of Levi W. Barton

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LEVI W. BARTON, son of Bazaleel Barton, 2nd, and grandson of Peter Barton, was born March 1, 1818. The advantages even of our Common Schools were in a great measure beyond his reach until the completion of his eighteenth year. He then prepared himself for a teacher, and for that purpose used his spare hours in study while engaged as a day laborer in the field. He attended for a few terms the Academy in Unity. After attaining his majority he conceived the purpose of obtaining a collegiate education. He pursued his preparatory studies at Kimball Union Academy, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1848. During his senior year in College, he read law with Hon. Daniel Blaisdell, of Hanover. Immediately after graduating he entered the law office of Jonathan Kittridge, Esq., of Canaan, afterwards Chief Justice of the court of Common Pleas, where he remained till January of 1851, when he came to Newport and finished his preparatory studies with Messrs. Metcalf and Corbin, and was admitted to the bar in July of the same year.
While in Canaan he taught the Academy in that place five terms, in addition to his full course of reading.

Soon after being admitted to the bar he opened an office in Newport, where he has since been actively engaged in the practice of his profession. He was Register of Deeds in 1855, 1856 and 1857, and Solicitor of Sullivan County five years, commencing in 1859 ; was Representative from Newport in 1863 and 1864, and a member of the Judiciary Committee-the latter year its chairman. In 1863 he was a candidate for the office of Attorney-general, and in 1866 was chairman of a board of Commissioners appointed by the Governor to audit and report to the Legislature the war indebtedness of the several towns in the State. He was married to Mary Ann Pike, of Newport, in 1839, who died the year following, leaving an infant son five days old, now Lt. Col. 1. McL. Barton, late of the N. H. Heavy Artillery, and now a Lieutenant in the regular army. He was again married to Lizzie F. Jewett, of Nashua, in 1852.


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