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  • ID: I461176
  • Name: Henry Flagg FRENCH
  • Given Name: Henry Flagg
  • Surname: French
  • Suffix: Judge and Politician
  • Sex: M
  • Title: Judge and Politician
  • _UID: 59B6469F1BEF450D904A011C46A582E397D7
  • Note:
    Henry Flagg French, was a lawyer, judge, and, later, Assist ant Secretary of the United States Treasury.

    ! (1) "Genealogical and Family History of the State of Ne w Hampshire," Vol. IV, comp. by Ezra S. Stearns (Lewis Pub . Co., Chicago, 1908) p.1801-1802. Cites: (a) The Bench an d Bar of New Hampshire, by Charles H. Bell.
    (2) "Memories of a Sculptor's Wife," by Mrs. Daniel Chest er French (Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, 1931) p.27-28.
    (3) "The National Cyclopedia of American Biography," Vol . 31, p.7-9. Biography of Daniel Chester French (son of Hen ry Flagg French).

    ! Birth: (1) 14 Aug 1813, Chester, NH. (1,3) s/o Daniel Fr ench/Sarah Wingate Flagg.
    Marriage to Anne Richardson: (1) 9 Oct 1838, of Chester , NH. (3) d/o William Merchant Richardson, chief justice o f NH.
    Marriage to Pamela Mellen Prentice: (1) She of Keene, NH.
    Death: (1) 29 Nov 1885, Concord, MA.

    (1) Educated at Pinkerton Academy, at Derry, and at Pembr oke, and at Hingham, MA, where he went to study French.
    (1) Studied law at his father's office in Chester, NH, an d at Harvard Law School.
    (1) 1834, 14 Aug: Was admitted to the bar.
    (1) Practiced law with his father in Chester, NH until hi s father's death in 1840.
    (1) 1838-1848: Held office of county solicitor.
    (1) 1839: Succeeded his father as postmaster of Chester , NH.
    (1) Moved to Portsmouth, NH, lived there one year.
    (1) Moved to Exeter, NH. Practiced law there until Aug 18 55.
    (1) 1848-1852: Held office of bank commissioner.
    (1) 1852-1859: Was President of the Rockingham Agricultur al Society.
    (1) 1852: Received honorary Master of Arts degree from Da rtmouth.
    (1) 1855, 15 Aug: Appointed a justice of the court of com mon pleas. Held the office until 1 Aug 1859. (2,3) Was a ju dge.
    (1) 1857: Went to Europe, where he travelled for a year o n an agricultural mission. Published a treatise on farm dra inage.
    (1) 1859, Sep: Opened a law office in Boston, MA.
    (1) 1860: Moved his family to Cambridge, MA. (2) Lived i n Cambridge "for some years." Sons Dan and Will at one tim e made some snow scultures of lions in their front yard whi ch attracted much attention.
    (1) 1861, Jul: Elected honorary member, Phi Beta Kappa So ciety, at Cambridge.
    (1) 1862, 19 Nov: Appointed assistant district attorney , Suffolk Co., MA. Held the office until Jun 1865, and prac ticed law at the same time.
    (1) 1865, Jun: Elected the first president of Massachuset ts Agricultural College. Was unable to organize the colleg e according to his ideas of what such an institution shoul d be. (3) President of Massachusetts Agricultural College , later Massachusetts State College.
    (1) 1865, Sep: Moved to Amherst, MA, where the college wa s established.
    (2) c.1866: "...was a cultured man of a literary turn o f mind, and interested in following up any artistic tendenc ies in his children." When his son Daniel Chester French, l ater the famous sculptor, was 16, he brought him home a lar ge package of clay from Boston, "and the two boys, Dan an d Will, had sat about the table in the evening, and tried , unaided, to turn the clay into statues."
    (1) 1866, 17 Oct: Resigned as president of MA Agricultura l College.
    (1) 1867, spring: Resumed law practice in Boston.
    (1,3) 1876: Appointed 2nd assistant secretary of U.S. Tre asury, Washington D.C.
    (1) 1885: Returned to to Concord, MA with impaired health.
    (1a) "His knowledge was always at his tongue's end. It wa s said of him that his opinion given at sight was as much t o be relied upon as if he had taken days for consideration . ... While he occupied the bench he never left questions o ver to be decided in vacation... His sense of humor was kee n, and he uttered many a bright saying to enliven the tediu m of long trials. He never lost his balance whatever happen ed."
    (1) Had an extensive reputation as an agriculturalist. Ha d a great love for trees, and was active in planting them t hroughout his native town. Planted elm trees in front of hi s father's office and other trees on Chester St.. Also plan ted many trees in Exeter. For many years was a contributo r to agricultural papers.
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  • Birth: 14 AUG 1813 in Chester, Rockingham, New Hampshire
  • Death: 29 NOV 1885 in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts

    Father: Daniel FRENCH b: 22 FEB 1769 in Epping, Rockingham, New Hampshire
    Mother: Sarah Wingate FLAGG b: 31 MAY 1782

    Marriage 1 Anne RICHARDSON b: 26 SEP 1811 in Chester, Rockingham, New Hampshire
    • Married: 9 OCT 1838 in Chester, Rockingham, New Hampshire
    1. Has No Children Henriette Van Mater FRENCH b: 29 SEP 1839 in Chester, New Hampshire
    2. Has No Children William M. R. FRENCH b: 1 OCT 1843 in Exeter, New Hampshire
    3. Has No Children Sarah Flagg FRENCH b: 14 AUG 1846 in Exeter, New Hampshire
    4. Has No Children Daniel Chester FRENCH b: 20 APR 1850 in Exeter, New Hampshire

    Marriage 2 Pamela Mellen PRENTICE b: 27 OCT 1821 in Keene, New Hampshire
    • Married: 29 SEP 1859

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