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Biographical Sketch of William Plummer Wheeler

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WILLIAM PLUMMER WHEELER, son of Col. Nathaniel Wheeler, was born at Croydon, July 31, 1812. He lived at home on the Wheeler place in the south part of the town until he was about thirteen years of age, when he went to reside with his uncle James Wheeler at Newport. He remained there until 1836; and, after the death of his uncle, was for a time engaged in the harness making business. He pursued his studies at the Academy in Newport, and afterwards at Kimball Union Academy, where he remained nearly three years. He left there in 1839, and commenced the study of law, which he pursued at Keene, at the Law Department of Harvard University, and in Boston. In 1842, he was admitted to practice in this State, and soon after opened an office at Keene, where he has since been actively engaged in the practice of his profession. He received the degree of LL. B. at Harvard University, in 1842; and in 1850, that of A. M. at Dartmouth College. He was Solicitor of Cheshire County for ten years; and in 1851 was appointed a Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, which he declined. He has several times since been tendered a seat upon the bench of the Supreme Court of this State. In 1855, and again in 1857, be was a candidate for Congress in the third district. He was married in 1849 to Sarah D. Moulton, of Randolph, Vt. He is a Trustee of the State Reform School, and of the State Agricultural College.


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