The following data is extracted from Biographies of Croydon, Sullivan County, New Hampshire.
JOHN TOWNE, son of John Towne, was born August 17, 1805. In June, 1840, he was appointed Deputy Secretary of State, which office he held four years. He was register of deeds for Sullivan County from 1851 to 1854, inclusive. He was for many years a successful teacher and has been for a long time a prominent and respected citizen of Newport.
Source: Biographies of Croydon, Sullivan County, New Hampshire