Charles Franklin Kingsbury was born in Gilsum June 11, 1824, being the third child of William and Temperance (Leonard). Kingsbury. Until the age of twenty he lived and worked on the farm, ‘having no opportunity for an education except the public schools of not more than ten or twelve weeks each winter. He was anxious for an education, and that he might have the means to attend an academy, spring and fall, he worked on the farm two or three months in summer, and taught school in the winter. In 1848 he entered Norwich University, Vt., where he remained three years, and then commenced the study of medicine with Dr. James G. Murphy, of Brattleboro, Vt. While prosecuting his studies he was engaged much in teaching in the towns of Marlboro, Alstead and Walpole. He attended medical lectures at Woodstock, Vt., and at Dartmouth Medical college, receiving his degree of M. D. in the latter institution, November, 1855. He practiced one year in Gilsum, four years in Stoddard, and in March, 1860, established himself in Lyme, Grafton county, where he has since remained. His success in the treatment of disease has brought an extensive practice, which the possession 0f an iron constitution has enabled him to endure. From 1872 to 1819 he was a member of the State Board 0f Agriculture. In 1882 he was elected county commissioner for a term of two years. He married, in 1857, Sarah A. Pierce, of Cavendish, Vt., has one child, Ella S., wife of J. W. Bean, M. D., who is associated with him in business.
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