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Henry Eastman Chamberlin, the Superintendent of the Concord Street Railway, was born in Newbury, Vt., May 28, 1854, son of Charles and Ruth (Eastman) Chamberlin. His father was a native of Newbury, and his mother was born in Haverhill, N.H.; and he is a lineal descendant, on the maternal side, of Roger Eastman, the founder of the family in America. He attended the public schools of Newbury, Vt., and Haverhill, N.H., until he was fourteen years old. In 1869 he went to Union City, Ind., where he entered the employ of the Belle Fontaine Railroad Company as a messenger boy, and rose to the position of telegraph operator. In 1870 he took charge of the office in Anderson, Ind., and, after working in a similar capacity for the company at various points along their line, he in 1873 came to Concord, and entered the train despatcher’s office of the Northern New Hampshire Railroad. In 1875 he was appointed station agent at Fisherville (now Penacook ), and held that position until April, 1893, when he resigned in order to accept the superintendency of the Concord Street Railway.

On November 23, 1875, Mr. Chamberlin Mary E. Livengood, of Union City, Ind. She is now the mother of three children; namely, Myla, Iyla, and Ruth Elizabeth. In politics Mr. Chamberlin is a Republican. In 1892 he was elected a member of the Board of Aldermen from Ward One for two years, and in 1896 he was elected member of the State legislature for two years. He is connected with Contoocook Lodge, No. 26, I. O. O. F., of Penacook; with Penacook Encampment, No. 3, of Concord; and with J. S. Durgin Camp, No. 7, Sons of Veterans. As a railway official he has won the esteem and friendship of the general public, with whom he is very popular; and his efforts to improve the street car service are heartily appreciated by all.

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