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John S. Hubbard, a manufacturer of cigars and a wholesale and retail dealer in cigars and tobacco at Concord, N.H., was born in Greenville, N.H., December 18, 1838, son of John and Mary (Kennedy) Hubbard. John Hubbard, his grandfather, born at New Ipswich, N.H., was a distinguished professor of mathematics at Dartmouth College for many years. He attained a good old age. The original progenitor of the Hubbard family in America came from England and settled in Concord, Mass. The father, also a native of New Ipswich, was a graduate of Dartmouth College. For a portion of his life he taught school in Dartmouth, and always lived at the old homestead, which is still in the possession of the Hubbard family. His death occurred in 1860. By his wife, Mary, he became the father of seven children, of whom Mary A., William E., Charles L., and Louisa J. are deceased. The others are: George H., who resides at Manchester, N.H.; Harriet B., who married Eugene C. Gardiner, of Springfield, Mass., and resides in that town; and John S., of this sketch.
After receiving his education in the schools of New Ipswich, John S. Hubbard learned cigar-making at Manchester, where he remained until 1859. For some time after that he followed the trade in various places. In May, 1861, he enlisted as a private in Company K, Tenth Massachusetts Infantry, and Antietam he received a commission as Second Lieutenant in the Tenth New Hampshire Volunteers. After Fredericksburg he was promoted to the grade of First Lieutenant. Still another well-deserved promotion followed these honors, when he was raised to the rank of a Captain and placed in command of a company. At Malvern Hill he received a slight wound. Drury’s Bluff was the last battle in which he participated. After leaving the army, he returned to business. In 1870 he went to Concord and began to manufacture cigars and deal in cigars by wholesale and retail.
Mr. Hubbard married Clara A. Gilman, daughter of William Gilman, of Concord. They have two children-Grace L. and Helen F. Mr. Hubbard is a Gold Democrat in his politics. He cast his first Presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln. He is a member of the Grand Army organization and a prominent Odd Fellow. In religion he affiliates with the Unitarians. His fellow-townsmen esteem him as one of their foremost business men.