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Timothy Tufts was born in Charleston May 29, 1824. He obtained a common school and academic education and followed teaching successfully for several years, or until 1844, when he embarked in mercantile pursuits, as a clerk in Alstead village. In 1848 he formed a co-partnership with Oliver B. Campbell, and from 1851 has conducted the business alone, doing a very successful trade, and has also a fine farm on road 28. He is a member of the Congregational church and has been town treasurer more than ten years. He married H. Sophia P., daughter of Joseph Kingsbury, and has one son, James A. The latter is now a professor in Phillips Exeter academy, where he fitted for college, graduating from Harvard in 1878. He married, the same year, Effie Locke, of Arlington, Mass., and has one son and one daughter. The late Hon. James Tufts, of Nebraska, was his brother, and a former resident of this town. He was born in Charlestown in 1829, and graduated at Middlebury college in 1855. He held the office of judge of probate in Nebraska, was speaker of the first legislature of Idaho, acting governor of Montana, wrote the laws of Dakota, and held other positions of trust and responsibility.