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Biographical Sketches of the Governor, Councilors, and Members of the Senate and House of Representatives of the N. H. Legislature, Vol. 3

Excerpt from Biographical Sketches of the Governor, Councilors, and Members of the Senate and House of Representatives of the N. H. Legislature, Vol. 3: For 1885-6 Hon. Moody Currier, of Manchester, was born in Boscawen, April 22, 1806. He lived for a time in Danbarton and Bow, working on a farm in summer, going to school in the fall, and teaching in the winter. He fitted for college at Hopkinton academy, and graduated from Dartmouth in 1834. He then taught school in Concord, and assisted in editing the N. H. "Literary Gazette." He was then principal of Hopkinton academy for a year, and master of the Lowell (Mass.) high school from 1836 till 1841, when he removed to Manchester. He had previously studied law, and was admitted to the bar soon after going to Manchester, and formed a law partnership with Hon. George W. Morrison. The next year he purchased an interest in the Manchester "Democrat," and for a while devoted a part of his time to editorial labor. His partnership with Mr. Morrison was dissolved in 1843, and he pursued his profession independently till 1848, when he became cashier of the old Amoskeag bank, then just organized. He has continued in the banking business ever since; he was appointed treasurer of the Amoskeag Savings bank upon its organization in 1852, and held the office till his election as Governor: he has been president of the Amoskeag National bank since its organization in 1864, director of the People's Savings bank from its formation in 1874, director of the Blodget Edge-Tool Co., and president and treasurer of the Amoskeag Axe Co., which succeeded the former in 1862, director of the Manchester Gas-Light Co. since 1862, director of the Manchester Mills since its organization in 1874, treasurer of the Concord Portsmouth railroad since 1856, treasurer of the Concord railroad in 1871 and 1872, and treasurer of the New England Loan Co. He is a Unitarian in religious belief; has three times married, and has had two children. He served as clerk of the Senate in 1843 and 1844, and was a member of that body in 1856 and 1857, being its president in the latter year. He was also a member of the executive council in the trying times of 1860 and 1861, and rendered great service to the state as chairman of the war committee, exhibiting great executive ability in raising and equipping troops, and starting into life a new military organization. The state has reason to be grateful to him for his noble service during this period. He was a Democrat till the repeal of the Missouri compromise, and has since been an ardent Republican. Mr. Currier is a self-made man, and has achieved a wonderful success, amassing a handsome fortune. He has built up and managed the largest banking institutions in the state, and his great reputation with the outside world is justly that of an able financier. His ability in that direction is fully equaled by his remarkable scholarship. Educated for a profession, and once a teacher, editor, and lawyer, he has found time, in the midst of the busy life he has since led, to preserve and strengthen the tastes of a lover of the arts, science, and literature. Long a fine Latin and Greek scholar he has educated himself to be familiar with the French, German, Italian, and Spanish, reading them at sight. He has written much poetry for his own recreation and a volume of fugitive pieces has been published for distribution among his friends. He is one of the finest scholars the state can boast of. He stands as one of the foremost citizens of the state which honors itself in calling him to her chief office. In all the relations of life, whether as a business man, a private citizen, a neighbor, or a public servant, he has ever proved himself to be a true man, beloved and respected by all. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at
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