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Biography of Uriah Wilkins

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Uriah Wilkins, born at Amherst, N. H., married Nancy Kitridge, of that town, and at an early day immigrated to Stowe, where he reared a family of eight children, as follows : Uriah, Nancy, George, Fanny K., Charles A., Elizabeth W., Ingalls, and Mary E. Uriah resides in Stowe, a retired farmer. Nancy died of consumption. George is a practicing attorney of this town. Fanny K. is the wife of Nathaniel Robinson. Charles A. resides in Milford, N. H. Elizabeth W. is the widow of John B. Seaver, and resides in Cambridge village. Ingalls died in California. Mary E. died here, the wife of N. R. Raymond. George studied law herewith Messrs. Butler & Bingham, and was admitted to the bar in the December term of 1841. Some months previous to his admission, Hon. O. W. Butler, of the firm with whom he was studying, appreciating his talents and abilities, offered him a partnership in the business, which he accepted, continuing the connection until 1845. At this time Mr. Wilkins purchased the law library of Mr. Butler and took into partnership L.. A. Small, who had been a law student in the office of Messrs. Butler & Wilkins three years. Since the expiration of that partnership Mr. Wilkins has continued the practice of his profession alone. As a lawyer he stands in the front rank, and as an advocate he is earnest, industrious and resolute, while as a man he is honest, upright, and public spirited. The schools of his town have received liberal donations at his hands. In 1870, he presented each of them with a copy of Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary, and later each received from him a fine globe and planispherci. To the village school he has given in addition an orrery, tellurian, and other valuable astronomical apparatus. His large property in real estate requires a great share of his time and attention, as he has a number of improved farms in this and neighboring towns. In 1852 and 1853, Mr. Wilkins was elected State’s attorney for the county, and he is now a director of the Lamoille County Bank, having held the position since its establishment. In 1856, he was elected a delegate to the State constitutional convention. In 1859 and 1860, he was elected to the State legislature, and, in 1866, was appointed a delegate to the Union convention, held in Philadelphia, Pa. In 1868, he was elected a presidential elector for the third congressional district of Vermont, and, in 1872, represented this district in the Republican convention, held at Philadelphia, which nominated Gen. Grant.


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