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Biography of Hon. Willis George Buxton

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Hon. Willis George Buxton, a well-known lawyer of Boscawen and a member of the New Hampshire Senate, was born in Henniker, N.H., August 22, 1856, son of Daniel M. and Abbie A. (Whitaker) Buxton. His father was a native of Henniker; and his mother was born in Deering, N.H. His paternal ancestors came from Massachusetts. After receiving his elementary education in the public schools of Henniker, he pursued a higher course of study in the Clinton Grove and New London Academies. In 1876 he commenced the study of law in the office of B. K. Webber, of Hillsborough Bridge, and in 1878 entered Boston University Law School, from which he was graduated in 1879. He was admitted to the bar in March of that year, and immediately began the practice of his profession at Hillsborough. In 1882 he removed from Hillsborough to Penacook, where he was associated with the late Judge N. Butler for a time, and continued to occupy the same office after the death of his partner. He was instrumental in establishing the Penacook and Boscawen Water Works, of which he is at the present time Treasurer and Superintendent. He is clerk of the Penacook Electric Light Company, has been a member of the Board of Education, and is Town Treasurer of Boscawen. He has been a member of the Republican State Committee since 1886; was a member of the Constitutional Convention of New Hampshire in 1889; and was elected to the House of Representatives from Boscawen in 1895, and served as Chairman of the Committee on Elections. He is now a member of the State Senate, and is serving as Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary. For some years past he has been the Secretary of the New Hampshire Orphans’ Home.

On June 4, 1884, Mr. Buxton wedded Martha J. Flanders, of Penacook; and they have one child, Grace H. He is a member of Contoocook Lodge, No. 26, I. O. O. F.; of Horace Chase Lodge, No. 72, F. & A. M., of which he is a Past Master, being in Trinity Chapter, No. 2, Royal Arch Masons, and Mount Horeb Commandery, Knights Templar. Mr. Buxton conducts a large and profitable law practice. His political prominence is entirely the result of his earnest efforts in behalf of good government.


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