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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES 



Of the Residents of Dover, Massachusetts, who during the First 
Century of the Town's Corporate Existence, 
1748=1848, Graduated from College,* 



By FRANK SMITH. 



Morrill Allen, A. M., who graduated from Brown University 

in 1797, was the son of Hezekiah and Mary (Peters) Allen. He 

was born April 3, 1776, in a house which is still standing on the 

Pegan Hill farm, a New England home which has sent three sons 

to college. He was descended in the sixth generation from James 

Allen who settled in Dedham in 1638. He fitted for college with 

the town minister, the Rev. Benjamin Caryl. He entered college 

with advanced standing in 1795 and graduated three years later 

with honors. He met all of his college expenses by teaching and 

graduated free from debt. Mr. Allen studied theology with the 

Rev. Perez Fobes, LL.D., of Raynham, a vice-president of 

Brown University. In 1801 Mr. Allen was settled over the P'irst 

Parish of Pembroke, Mass. He remained the minister of the 

Parish for nearly forty years. As a preacher he was noted for 

his brevity and originality. Soon after his settlement he opened 

a private school for boys which was largely attended. Finding, 

however, that the work of his school and Parish was a great tax 

upon his strength he was forced to abandoned the school. He 

*Hezekiah Allen was a non-graduate at Harvard University where he 
entered in 1796 and severed his connection Sept. 16, 1797. He was the 
son of Timothy and Rebecca (Eames) Allen and was born on the Pegan 
Hill Farm, December 12, 1775. He was descended in the sixth generation 
from James Allen. Hezekiah Allen was a farmer and inherited the home- 
stead. He was an assessor, and served on various town committees. He 
married Aug. 5, 1802, Julitta Whiting, and had six children. Near the 
close of his life he moved from Dover, and died in Orange, New Jersey^ 
November 18, 1858. 



next turned his attention to farming in order to increase his 
meagre income, his salary being only $475.00 a year. He became 
one of the most successful farmers in Plymouth County, adopting 
the plan of selecting different crops for different soils. He was 
•one of the founders and for many )ears President of the Plymouth 
County Agricultural Society, one of the oldest of its kind in the 
country. In 1849 he was elected a member of the Royal Agri- 
cultral Society of Turin, Italy, in recognition of the valuable pa- 
pers which he had contributed to the agricultural press. He 
commenced as early as 1834 to sow the seed of pine trees on bar- 
ren soil, and thus became a pioneer in the important work of 
clothing naked plains with valuable wood and timber, a work 
which he lived to see greatly extended, not only on Cape Cod, 
but on the prairies of the west. While a settled minister Mr. 
Allen never attended a town meeting or voted for an officer of the 
state or general government. After his retirement from the ministry 
he was elected for two terms to the Massachusetts Senate, of 
which body he was an efficient and honored member. He married 
May 14, 1801, Hannah Dean of Kaynham, and had ten children. 
He died in Pembroke, August 17, 1870. 

Thaddeus Allen, A. M., who graduated from Brown Uni- 
versity in 18 I 2, was a son of Timothy and Rebecca (Eames) Allen 
and was born on the Pegan Hill farm May 14, 1787. He was 
descended in the sixth generatioii from James Allen. He pre- 
pared for college with the Rev. Benjamin Caryl, and for several 
winters taught the district school. Later he was a copyist to 
Prof. ShurtlelT of Dartmouth College. He intended to follow the 
profession of medicine, but ill health compelled him to abandon 
his studies. He formed a partnership with his brother Timothy 
and they engaged in a wholesale produce business. The firm 
name read as follow.'^: "T. & T. Allen. T Wharf." In 1820 he 
opened a private school in Chauncy Street, Boston, which was a 
very popular institution for many years. Pie was a member of the 
General Court in 1857. and for several years a member of the 
Boston School Conunittee. He was the author of a work in three 
volumes entitled : ••In(|uiry into the views, services, and influence 
of the leading men in the organization of our Union, and in the 



formation and early administration of the government." This 
was a work of high merit and was especially esteemed by foreign- 
ers who wished to make a study of the principles of our gov^ern- 
ment. He married first Nov. 27, 18 14. Clarissa Bullard, who died 
j\Iar. 8. 1815: married second Jan. 2. 1816. Ann (Bullard) widow 
of Joseph Hunt, who died Apr. 15, 1830; married third May 
3. 1836. Sophia B. Frothingham. He had five children, Mr. 
Allen died in Boston, Apr. 18, 1883 in the 97th year of his age. 

Hezekiah Battelle. A. M., who graduated from Brown Uni- 
versity in 1816, was the son of Hezekiah and Mary ( Mansell ) Bat- 
telle. He was born May 2, 1790, on the Hezekiah Battelle home- 
stead on Centre Street, which was long since abandoned. He 
was descended in the sixth generation from Thomas Battelle, the 
progenitor of the family in America, who was an early settler in 
Dedham and lived at one time on the Clay Brook road. He fitted 
for college at the Academy in Woodstock, Conn. He read law 
with Hercules Cushman of Freetown, Mass., and after his admit- 
tance at the bar was associated with him for several years in the 
practice of law. He then took up his residence in Swanzey where 
he lived until 1827 when he moved to Fall River. Taking up his res- 
idence in that city in the vigor of his manhood, with a reputation for 
ability and fidelity already established, he rapidly built up a large 
practice, and for more than thirty years was regarded as one of the 
ablest lawyers in southeastern Massachusetts. In 1834 when a 
vacancy occurred in the judgeship of the IVobate Court in Bristol 
County, he was prominently mentioned for the oftice. Mr. Battelle 
took a deep interest in the moral and religious welfare of the com- 
munity, as well as in its educational and business interests. He 
served on the Fall River School Committee and was a member of 
the General Court in 1838-39 and 1848-49. He married in 1822 
Mary Hathaway of Dighton, and had several ■ children. He ex- 
erted an infiuence which made men better and children happier. 
During the last few years of his life he paid but little attention to 
aw, spending most of his time in the stud\- of classic (ireek and 
theolog)', being deeply interested in liberal Chrislianit\-. He died 
Jan, 22, 187 I. 

Nathaniel liattelle, A. M., was the tirst person in the .Spring- 



field parish of Dedhain to receive a college education. He was 
graduated from Harvard University in 1765. The same year he 
received the honorary degree of A. B. from Yale, and later the de- 
gree of A. M. was conferred upon him by Harvard. He was the 
son of Nathaniel and Tabetha (Morse) Battelle, and was born 
Aug. 24, 1740, on the Battelle homestead. He was descended in 
the fourth generation from Thomas Battelle. After graduation Mr. 
Battelle purchased his father's farm and continued to live there 
until 1779- His father having died, he moved to South Natick, 
where he inherited considerable landed property. He devoted 
his life chiefly to agriculture. He returned to Dover later in life 
and lived in a house which was originally the home of David 
Wight. It stood on the farm of the late Cornelius Sullivan on 
Dedham Street. He had a wife Mary, whose family name is un- 
known and a numerous family of children. Two of his sons be- 
came successful merchants in Savannah, Georgia. He died in 
Maiden, April 5, 18 16. 

George Caryl, A. B., M. D., who graduated from Harvard 
University in 1788, was the son of the Rev. Benjamin (Harvard 
University 1761) and Sarah (Messenger) Caryl. He was born 
April I, 1767, in a small house near the parsonage, which was 
built by his father in 1777 and which is still standing (1905). 
He studied medicine with Dr. Samuel Willard of Uxbridge. a 
distinguished physician of his time. Dr. Caryl commenced the 
practice of medicine in Dover in 1790, and in a period of time 
covering more than a century, he was the only resident physician 
Avhich the town ever had. Previous to commencing practice here 
he was in Boston for two years, where it is assumed he was study- 
ing rather than practicing medicine. Dr. Caryl was a successful 
physician and had a large practice in this and adjoining towns. 
Although a well read physician for his time, yet he knew little of 
children's diseases. When called to a sick child he always rec- 
ommended the calling in of a mother who had brought up a fam- 
ily and thus learned from experience how to treat children. He 
was a very jovial man and had many friends. He married Nov. 
II, 1790, Pamelia, daughter of Dr. Nathaniel Martyn of Ux- 
bridge, Mas-s., and had nine children. He lived in the parson- 
age, where he died Augut 9, 1822. 



Jabez Chickeriug, A. M., who graduated from Harvard Uni- 
versity in 1774, was the son of Joseph and Rebecca (Newell) 
Chickenng. He was born November 4, 1753, on his father's 
farm on Haven Street, now owned by John Glassett. This farm 
was a part of the original Chickering homestead which was settled 
by Nathaniel Chickering, his paternal great grandfather, previous 
to 1690. He studied theology with the Rev. Iknjamin Caryl. 
He was the second minister of the Norwood Congregational 
Church, being the successor of the Rev. Thomas Balch, a chap- 
lain at the siege of Louisburg in 1745. He was ordained and 
settled over the Parish July 3, 1776, the day before the declara 
tion of independence. He remained the minister of the Parish 
until his death M.irch 12, rSi2. It is recorded of him that he 
was remarkably fond of children. As a preacher he is said to 
have had" a beauty of sentiment and expression seldom equal- 
ed." Frequently during the last years of his life he expended 
the whole of his salary, in relieving objects of distress in the 
vicinity, and in contributing money for religious and literary pur- 
po:;23. He was one of the originators in 1790, and the first bene- 
factor, of what is now the Norwood Public Library, which is so 
beautifully housed in the Morrill Memorial Building. He bequeath- 
ed S200 00. in 18 12, to the parish library, the income of which is 
now annually paid to the trustees of the Public Library for the pur- 
chase of children's books. He married April 22, 1777. Hannah, 
daughter of the Rev. Thomas Balch. and had six children. 

Jesse Chickering, A. M., M. L).. who graduated from Har- 
vard University in 18 18, was a son of Jesse and Dorcas (Smith) 
Chickering. He was born in the Nathaniel Chickering home- 
stead on Haven Street, August 31, 1797- He was descended in 
the fifth generation from Nathaniel Chickering the emigrant, who 
settled in Dedham about 1668. He entered Framingham Acad- 
emy in 18 1 2, and commenced the study of Latin. He left after a 
few months and continued his classical studies during the winter 
•• under Thaddeus Allen at the district school in Dover." He 
attended the village school again the following winter, and com- 
pleted his preparatory studies with the Rev. Ralph Sanger, I). D. 
He entered the Harvard University Divinity School in 1818 and 



graduated in 1821. In 1821 he was licensed to preach by the 
Boston Association of; Congregational Ministers. He preached 
for several years but was never settled. In 1829 he conmienced 
the study of medicine and graduated from Harxard Medica^ 
School in 1833. He practiced medicine in Boston for some fif- 
teen years, and resided at 491 Washington Street. In 1849 he 
retired to Jamaica Plain and devoted himself to the study of sta- 
tistics for which he had great aptness. He contributed many 
articles to magazines and other periodicals. In 1846 he publish- 
ed his elaborate work " 'I'he Population of Massachusetts front 
1765 to 1840." His valuable book on " Immigration into the 
United States " appeared in 1848. His reports on the "Census 
of Boston ■' were published in 1851. He rendered essential ser- 
vice to the Senate Committee that arranged the details of the 
United States Census of 1850. He was for several years a confi- 
dential correspondent of Daniel Webster, John Davis and other 
leading statesmen. The celebrated Marshall Hall of London, 
referred to one of his articles as an " admirable paper. " His 
last published work was " A letter addressed to the President of 
the United States on Slavery, considered in relation to the Con- 
stitutional Principles of Government in Creat Britian and in the 
United States." This paper Dr. Joseph Palmer said ranked Dr- 
Chickering " among the profound thinkers and writers on the 
slavery question.'' His last work was a lengtliv letter written to 
Dr. Marshall Hall, whom he conceived had misunderstood an ar- 
ticle of his which appeared in DeBow's Review^ for August, 1853. 
He married Nov. 18, 1838, Caroline Reaney. Dr. Chickering 
died May 29, 1855, survived by a daughter. 

William Draper, A. B., who graduated from Harvard Uni- 
versity in the class of 1803, was a son of James and Lois 
(Adams) Draper. He was born on the Draper homestead on 
Farm street, near Springdale avenue, Feb. 12, 1780. He was 
descended in the sixth generation from James Draper, who took 
up his residence in what is now Dover in 1656. He read law- 
with John L. Tuttle in Concord, Mass., and was admitted at the 
Middlesex County bar, of which he was president for ten years. 
He first lived at Marlboro, Mass., and from 1832 to 1833 at 



Nashua, X. H. In 1833 he was admilted at the Michigan bar 
and settled at Pontiac in diat state, where he practiced his pro- 
fession for twenty-five years and w'as the president of the bar of 
Oakland County for twenty years. He was a thoroughly equipped 
lawyer and at once entered into an extensive practice. At the 
time when Mr. Draper settled in Michigan the question of its ad- 
mission as a state was being agitated. Congress was in favor of 
releasing a part of the southern boundary of Michigan to Ohio^ 
and giving to Michigan the upper Peninsula in lieu of such terri- 
tory. Mr. Draper took an active part in the opposition to sur- 
rendering any territory to Ohio. When the convention was called 
to meet at Ann Harbor to approve the schenie of Congress, Mr. 
Draper was elected a delegate from Oakland County and was 
chosen the presiding officer of the convention. Mr. Draper was 
a quaint, peculiar man, who had his own notion of legal ethics. 
He was a great lover of nature and took his recreation for many 
years with his rod and gun. He was called ''Father Draper" by 
almost all of his brethren. He married Oct. 22, 1809, Harriet 
E. Payne, daughter of Phineas Payne of Concord and had three 
sons. He died Aug. 9, 1858, belored by all who knew him. 

Jesse Fisher, A. B., who graduated from Harvard University 
in 1803, was the son of Jesse and Hannah (Battelle) Fisher. He 
was born in Princeton April 24. 1778. He was descended in the 
sixth generation from Anthony Fisher, who came to New England 
in 1637 and settled in Dedham. While his father lived in 
Wendell, Mass., he made his home in Dover with his grandfather 
Ebenezer Battelle, who lived on Main Street, corner of Haven 
Street. He pursued a course in theology with the Rev. Dr. Lath- 
rop of West Springfield, Mass., and was licensed to preach in 1806 
He was settled over the Congregational Church at Scotland, Conn, 
in 181 1. He received the honorary degree of A. M. from \'a!e in. 
181 5. As a preacher he exhibited manly strength of intellect, a 
good judgment and a warm heart. In the more private relation of 
father, husband, neighbor and friend, those who knew him best 
bore testimony to his worth. He married May 25, 1813, Rebecca 
Dana of Xatick; married 2nd in 1819, Laura Paine of Canter- 
bury, Conn, He had eight children. He remained as the minister 



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of the Scotland Church until his death Sept. 29, 1837 in the 60th 
year of his age. 

Mason Fisher, A. B., who graduated from Harvard Univer- 
sity in 1813, was a son of Samuel and Abigail (Mason) Fisher. 
He was born Aug. 23, 1793, on the Powisset farm. He was de- 
scended in the seventh generation from Anthony Fisher, who set- 
tled in Dedham in 1637. He was a member of the Hasty Pud- 
ding Club in 181 1. He died unmarried June 24. 1816, only 
three years after his graduation. 

Samuel Fisher. A. M., who graduated from Harvard Uni- 
versity in 181 1, was a son of Samuel and Abigail (Mason) Fish- 
er. He was born Dec. 12, 1783, on his father's farm at Powis- 
set. He was descended in the seventh generation from Anthony 
Fisher. He was a member of the Hasty Pudding Club in 1808. 
In September. 1813, he was admitted to the Suffolk bar and had 
an office in Hostoii. He was an eloquent advocate and his elo- 
quence in discussing affairs in Dover town meetings was re- 
called and often referred toby the men of the preceding genera- 
tion. He died unmarried May 8, 1826. 

Fisher Ames Harding, A. B., who graduated at Harvard 
University in 1833 was a son of John and Julia (Battelle) Hard- 
ing, and was born on the Ebenezer Battelle homestead on Main 
Street, Jan. 23, 181 1. He was descended in the seventh genera- 
tion from Abraham Harding of Braintree. He fitted for college 
with the Rev. Dr. Ralph Sanger. He was a roommate of Fletcher 
Webster and read law in the office of Daniel Webster. In 1835 
he w'ent to Chicago and in 1837 settled in Detroit. He was a 
young lawyer of great promise and had a large clientage when cut 
off by typhoid fever. A biographer said of him : "A lawyer and 
editor of rare ability and promise whose death was deeply and ex- 
tensively lamented." He died unmarried Aug. 4, 1844. 

John HaNLii. A. B. M. D., who graduated at Har\ard I'ni- 
versity in 1776. was a son of Dea. Joseph and Miriam i liayley) 
Haven. He was born June 18, 1753, and li\ed on his father's 
farm on Haven Street. He was descended in the fifth generation 
from Richard Haven who settled in I,\nn in 1644. He studied 



medicine and was a ship surgeon. He was lost at sea early in life. 
Joseph Haven, A. M., who graduated from Harvard Universi- 
ty in 1774 was a son of Dea. Joseph and Miriam (Bayley) Haven 
He was born in Hopkinton May 14, 1747 and came to Dover when 
two years old. He lived with his father on Haven Street, in the 
old house still standing which has sent four boys to college. He 
was descended in the fifth generation from Richard Haven. He 
studied theology with his kinsman, the Rev. Jason Haven of Ded- 
ham. The church at Rochester, N. H., extended a call to him in 
1775. He was ordained as the minister of the Rochester church 
Jan. 10, 1776, and continued for nearly fifty years as its pastor. 
The present Congregational Church at Rochester now somewhat 
-enlarged and improved, was built at his earnest solicitation in 
.1780. He was a man of devout spirit, originality and humor. 
He was a leader in public thought and sentiment in the communi- 
ty in which he lived, not hesitating to speak his opinion plainly 
and forcibly on all important questions. He was a man of great 
native independence of mind and thought ; a true patriot, who 
knew what American independence cost, having lost a brother, 
Elias Haven, who was the only minute man from Dedham killed 
at Lexington alarm Apr. 19, 1775. Mr. Haven was a man of great 
benevolence of feeling, a friend of the sick and the poor, who 
knew human ailments equal to a physician. He was a great 
student and often arose to study by morning candle light. As a 
preacher he took but little pleasure in doctrinal discussion, 
being a man of great wisdom and shrewd common sense. The 
author of the history of Rochester says of him: "No history of this 
toAvn could be regarded as approximately complete without a per- 
manent record of the life and service of the Rev. Joseph Haven, 
who for many years was the only religious instructor in Rochester 
Farmington and Milton.'' He married Feb. 15, 1776, Mary 
Fisher, daughter of Nathaniel Fisher of Needham, "and had 
many children." He died Januar)- 27, 1825, in the fiftieth year 
of his ministr\-. 

Joseph Haven, A. M., who graduated at Harvard University 
in 1810, was a son of Noah and Olive (Kingsbury) Haven. He 
■was born June 19, 1786, in the homestead on Haven .Street. He 



was dcscendetl in the sixth generation from Richard Haven. He 
studied theology, and was ordained and settled over the Congre- 
ga^tional Church at Dennis, Mass., July 27, 18 14. He retained 
his connection with the parish until May 12, 1826. when he was 
dismissed at his own request. He was installed as the minister 
of the Evangelical Congregational Church in Billerica, Mass., .ia 
1836, and was dismissed in 1840. A woman who remembei's Mr- 
Haven says: " ( )ne felt strongly in his presence the gracious 
dignity of goodness. It made him great." He had a fine sense 
of humor as well as a deep, earnest nature. He was a man of 
tender heart, devoted to duty, and one whcj did his own thinking' 
on theological subjects. He undertook the education of his son,, 
and taught him Latin when he was scarcely more than a baby. 
When the child was eight years old he wcndd take his \irgi! down 
to the beach, throw himself upon the sand and read it as eagerlr 
as the child of to-day reads his fairy tales. He married Septem- 
ber 4, 1814, Elizabeth Sparrow of North Dennis, and had two 
children, one of whom a daughter, died in infancy. His son, the 
Rev. Dr. Joseph Hav-en, LL. !)., was an eminent divine, and 
learned professor. He died Oct. 5, 1851, at the home of his son 
in Amherst, Mass. 

Simon Greenleaf Sanger, A. B., who graduated from Har- 
vard I'niversity in 1848, was the son of the Rev. Dr. Ralph ( Har- 
vard University 1808), and Charlotte (Kingman) Sanger. He was- 
born March 9, 1827, in the parsonage on Centre street, which 
stood on the site of Allen F. Smith's house. He is descended in 
the seventh generation from Richard Sanger, who was of Hing- 
ham in 1836. He fitted for college under the instruction of his 
father. He has devoted his life largely to leaching, attaining- 
eminence as a Professor of Latin and Mathematics both at the 
North and in the South. He was a successful teacher for many 
years in C'hicago, where he founded a school for boys. He mar- 
ried in i85c^ Julia Penlield of Kalamazoo, Mich., who died in 
1876. He has lu) children. Mr. Sanger now lives at Orange, N. J. 

George Partridge Sanger, A. ^L, LL. K. who graduated 
from Harvard lfni\ersity in 1840, as his father and grandfather 
had done before him, and his children and his children's child- 



ren have since, was the son of Rev. Dr. Ralph (Harvard Univer- 
sity 1808) and Charlotte (Kingman) Sanger. He was born in 
the parsonage on Centre street Nov. 37, 18 19, and was descended 
in the seventh generation from Richard Sanger. He fitted for 
college under his father and at the academy at Bridgewater. 
After graduating from college he taught for two years in a private 
school in Portsmouth, X. H. In 1S43 he was appointed a tutor 
at Harvard which position he filled until 1846 when he graduated 
from the Law School. The same year he was admitted at the 
Suffolk bar. In 1849 he was an assistant to the Hon. George 
Lunt, who was at that time attorney for the United States in the 
district of Massachusetts. He was a member of Gov. Clifford's 
staff and in 1853 was appointed by him district attorney for the 
Suffolk district of Massachusetts. In 1854 he was appointed a 
judge of the court of common pleas. \\'hen that court was abol- 
ished in 1859 he resumed practice in Boston, but was again ap- 
pointed district attorney for Suffolk in 1861 and held that posi- 
tion until 1869. 

In 1873 he was appointed the attorney of the United States for 
the district of Massachusetts and in that ofiice he remained for 
thirteen years. At one time he was president of the John Han- 
cock Mutual Life Insurance Company of Boston. He was in the 
city government of both Charlestown and Boston and represented 
Cambridge in the (General Court in 1873. He was for many years 
a counsellor in every work of education or philanthropy. He took 
an interest in the affairs of the militia, and was a commander of 
a militia company in Charlestown. In 1853 he was the comman- 
der of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, and later 
an officer in the Independent Corps of Cadets. He was an accu- 
rate student and for twelve years editor of the American Almanac, 
and for a time of the Law Reports. He edited the statutes at 
large of the United States from 1855 to 1873. He was appointed 
with Judge Richardson to superintend the publication of the Gen- 
eral Statutes of Massachusetts in i860, and they were the com- 
missioners who prepared the annual supplement for twenty-one 
years. The Rev. Dr. Edward Everett Hale said of him at the time 
of his death : "Judge Sanger was one of those men of whom every 



community is proud, and without whom no American community- 
can prosper. In the midst of his work in the most responsible 
position in the public service, he has always attended to the pub- 
lic and private duties of a good citizen. He was one of those 
reliable men who are always found in their place. He was always 
ready to take responsibility, was utterly indifferent whether peo- 
ple knew that he did all the work, or did not, and quite careless 
whether he was praised, or not praised before the public. He was 
willing to serve in little things, as in things which call for public 
attention. He was accurate in his business habits, and obtained that 
confidence which only a man of the strictest integrity and the 
purest personal character either deserves or finds. In Charles- 
town, in Boston, and in Cambridge, where he has lived, hehasbeen 
one of the men thought of where there has been a public duty of 
intricacy or delicacy to discharge, especially if it was one which 
nobody was to pay for and which carried no honor with it." He 
was married Sept. 14, 1846, in Portsmouth, N. H., to Elizabeth 
Sherburne, daughter of Capt. William Whipple and Eleanor Sher- 
burne (Blunt) Thompson, and had four sons. He died July 3. 
1890. 

Daniel \^'hiting. A. M., who graduated at Brown University 
in 1812, was a son of Aaron and Mehitable (Smith) Whiting. He 
was born on the Whiting homestead on Springdale Avenue, Dec. 
23, 1786, and was descended in the fifth generation from 
Nathaniel Whiting, who settled in Lynn in 1638 and soon after 
took up his residence in Dedham. He read law and practiced his 
profession in New York where he died unmarried in 1833. 



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