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Biography of Henry Moses McFarland

McFarland, Henry Moses, of Hyde Park, son of Moses and Livonia (Leach) McFarland, was born in Waterville, August 5, 1852.

Mr. McFarland’s great-grandfather served in the war of the Revolution, coming out of the service with the rank of major. His father also served his country in the civil war as captain of Co. A, 8th Regt. Vt. Vols., and was a brave and resolute officer, having at various times received honorable mention for meritorious conduct on the field of battle.

He received his preliminary educational training in the schools of Waterville and the People’s Academy, working his way through the University of Vermont, where he graduated as valedictorian in the class of 1878.

After his collegiate course he came to Hyde Park, for three years teaching in the academy, and at the same time reading law with Messrs. Brigham & Waterman. In 1881 he was admitted to the bar and commenced to practice, being elected three years afterward state’s attorney for Lamoille county. In connection with his law practice, he has built up an extensive insurance business, his agency being by far the largest in this section of the state. Mr. McFarland served his town for several years as superintendent of public schools. He was secretary of civil and military affairs under Governor Page in 1890. He was the first vice president of the Lamoille County Savings Bank and Trust Co., and in 1892 was elected to a similar position in the Lamoille County National Bank of Hyde Park.

He has joined both the orders of Free Masons and Odd Fellows; was a charter member and the first N. G. of the local organization of the latter institution in Hyde Park, and has received not only the degrees of Ancient Craft Masonry, but those conferred by Tucker Chapter, as well as being a Knight Templar of Burlington Commandery.

Mr. McFarland was united, Dec. 22, 1881, to Julia, daughter of Hon. Waldo and Ellen (Noyes) Brigham of Hyde Park. Three children are the issue of their marriage.

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