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John Henry Albin, one of the best known lawyers of Concord and an ex-member of the New Hampshire legislature, was born in Randolph, Vt., October 17, 1843, son of John and Emily (White) Albin. His ancestors on the father’s side resided in Randolph for one hundred and fifty years, and his mother’s family is one of the oldest in Merrimack County. He came here with his parents when he was twelve years old. Having completed his elementary education in the public schools of this city, he entered Dartmouth College in the fall of 1860, and graduated from that institution in the summer of 1864. Afterward he studied law with the Hon. Ira A. Eastman, ex-Judge of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, and was admitted to the bar in the spring of 1868. Beginning in the autumn of that year, he was associated with Judge Eastman until the latter’s retirement from practice in 1873. Mr. Albin then formed with the Hon. Mason W. Tappan a partnership that lasted until Mr. Tappan’s death. He subsequently became a partner with Nathaniel Martin. In 1895 Dewitt C. Howe was admitted to the firm.

On September 5, 1872, Mr. Albin wedded Georgia A. Modica, of Henniker, N.H. Of his three children two are living; namely, Henry Allison and Edith Gertrude. In politics Mr. Albin is a Republican. He was elected to the legislature from Concord in 1872, re-elected in 1873, and he represented Henniker in that body in 1876. He is the president of the Sullivan County Railroad Company, a director of the Vermont Valley and of the Connecticut River Railroad Companies, and the president of the Concord Street Railway Company. One of the most prominent Odd Fellows in the State, he is a member of White Mountain Lodge, No. 5; was Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire in 1879 and 1880; represented this jurisdiction in the Sovereign Grand Lodge in 1881, 1882, 1884, 1885, and 1886; was Grand Marshal of that body in 1888 and 1889; was the originator of the degrees known as the Uniform Rank and the Patriarchs Militant; and has been a trustee of the Odd Fellows Home since its foundation.

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