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HON. SAMUEL CLARK of West Brattleboro, Vt., whose portrait we give on the foregoing page, was a lineal descendant of the 7th generation from Robert Cushman, the Puritan. He was the son of Samuel and Sarah Cushman Clark (see 181) of "Lebanon Crank" (now Columbia) Conn., and was b. there 28 Feb. 1777. He labored on his father's farm until he arrived at the age of eighteen. Losing his health at that time, and being therefore unable to labor, and his father having a large family (eleven children, of which the subject of this sketch was the 9th,) and a small property, except in children! Samuel was induced to try to get something of an education. He went to what was then called a High Grammar School, one term, about four months, and then went to Massachusetts and was engaged in teaching school, and in a country store in Bernardston, Greenfield and Leyden, about three years. He then took charge of a store in Dover, Vt., for Thomas Wells of Leyden, for two years, and then commenced business for himself in the same town, which he followed successfully four years. He m. Susan Johnson, dau. of Capt. Daniel Johnson, of Dover, Vt., 1 Sept. 1800, and in 1804 removed to Guilford, Vt., where he was engaged in trade quite successfully for nine years, (three years of which as a partner of Mr. John Barnard, now of Dorchester.) In 1813 he removed back to Dover, Vt., and in 1814 represented that town in the General Assembly of Vermont. In 1815 he removed to West Brattleboro, Vt., (where he now resides,) and carried on the mercantile business there about fifteen years. In that town he has held the offices of Selectman and Lister for several years. In 1820 and in 1821 he represented the town of Brattleboro, Vt., in the General Assembly of that State and was chiefly instrumental in obtaining the Charter of the Brattleboro Bank during those years. In 1825 and 1826 he again represented that town in the Legislature of Vermont. For three years he was elected a member of the Council of Vermont, commencing with 1827-the Council of that State, at that time, being the same as the Senate of other legislative bodies in the United States. In 1836 he was a delegate from Brattleboro in the State Convention, to revise the Constitution of Vermont. In 1833 he was first assistant (or side) Judge of the County Court for the County of Windham, Vt. He has been a Trustee of the Insane Hospital at Brattleboro for thirteen years, a Justice of the Peace for the County of Windham fourteen years, and a Director of the Bank at Brattleboro twenty years.

In all those various duties and responsible stations in life he has proved himself a faithful and true man. The leading characteristics of his mind, are industry, perseverance, sagacity, prudence and integrity. These qualities have produced their legitimate and unfailing result property, usefulness, honor. By his own unaided exertions he has accumulated a large estate, which he uses with good judgment for the benefit of his family and the community in which he resides.

He is charitable to the poor and needy, for he feels that "the Lord loveth a cheerful giver.

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The best evidence of his ability and the soundness of his judgment is found in the fact that for forty years he has, in various ways and for various offices, received the suffrages of his fellow-citizens. "The test of time and the judgment of men" are sure to determine, with great accuracy, the relative position and merits of every man. He has stood that test, and the verdict has been," Well done, good and faithful hast thou been."

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Nor has he been forgetful or unmindful of the higher duties of life a preparation for a future state of existence. He and his wife have been for many years exemplary and consistent members of the Congregational Church where he resides, and which he does much to support.

At the age of almost fourscore, he yet lives, showing to young men, by his example, what industry, integrity, good judgment, steady perseverance and a virtuous life are sure to accomplish-success in business, the respect of the world, and an honorable old age. He has had four children, all sons, three of whom survive. LaFayette, the oldest, is a Justice of the Peace and Town Clerk of Brattleboro, Vt., and is a highly respected and useful man.

The foregoing portrait was from a daguerreotype taken in 1854, at the age of 77, and the fac-simile of his autograph was from his signature written the same year.


REV. AMOS DRESSER, Farmington, Ohio. Materials are abundant for a much more extended biographical notice of Mr. Dresser than the limits of a work like the present will permit.

He was born at Peru, Mass., 12 Dec. 1812. His father died the 11th of April following. His mother, Minerva Cushman, (see 815,) was married a second time to Henry Pierce, and he lived with his step-father till her death, April 8, 1826.

Having an ardent love for farming, young Dresser would doubtless have remained in that employment but for a special Providence," as he regarded it, which opened to him a home with Rev. Ralph Cushman of Manlius, Onondaga county, N. Y. Mr. Cushman had been appointed guardian of Dresser, at the request of the latter, and he remained in his uncle's family about two years, attending school. After this he spent a few months as a clerk in a store at Pompey Hill, where an opportunity was presented to him for obtaining an educa

1 We are indebted to Hon. Amasa Walker of North Brookfield, Mass., for this very excellent memoir of his friend.

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