Biographical Sketch of Lucius Darwin Pierce
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Lucius Darwin Pierce, son of E. P. Pierce, Esq., was born at Chesterfield, August 9, 1820. In boyhood and youth he enjoyed such limited advantages for acquiring an education as the common schools and Chesterfield academy afforded. In 1841 he entered Norwich university, Vt., gained a commendable proficiency in the ancient languages, and while yet an undergraduate, was appointed to and accepted the position of Professor of Languages, in a seminary in Portsmouth, Va. He served in that capacity until he found the climate did not agree with his constitution, when he resigned and returned, graduating as A. B. in a full collegiate course, at Norwich university, in the class of 1846. He studied law in the office of Hon. William P. Chamberlain, at Keene, was admitted to the bar in 1849, successfully practiced law at Marlow, till November, 1853, when he moved to Winchendon, Mass., and formed a law partnership with Benjamin 0. Tyler, Esq., a lawyer of extensive practice. He continued with him one year, then withdrew and opened an office by himself, and, from the first, did an extensive, increasing and lucrative business, and continued in his profession to the time of his death, May 8, 1858. He was a gentleman of high culture and refinement, bad a genial, affable disposition, courteous, obliging address, and studious, industrious habits. While in practice in New Hampshire he held a commission as justice of the peace, and at the time of his death held commissions as justice of the peace and notary public for Massachusetts. He married Lucy C., daughter of Major John H. Fuller, of Keene. His remains are interred in the Joslin cemetery in Chesterfield.