Excerpt from History of Leban, N. H: 1761-1887 Born in South Norwalk, Conn., May 21, 1823. Died in Leban, N. H., September 20, 1906. Rev. Charles A. Downs prepared for college at Concord, N. H., under the tutelage of his maternal uncle, Rev. Nathaniel Bouton, D. D., the eminent historian, and entered the Concord Literary Institute in 1839, from whence he proceeded to Dartmouth College, where he remained something over one year, when he transferred himself to the University of the City of New York, where he graduated in 1845. Mr. Downs came to Leban July 5, 1848, as a candidate for the pastorate of the Congregational Church, to succeed Rev. Phineas Cook, who had served the church for nineteen years; he was installed as pastor November 22, 1845, and continued in that office for twenty-five years, when, at his own request, the connection was dissolved. He continued to reside in Leban, but for a few years was the acting pastor of the church at Haver Centre. He served the state as superintendent of public instruction, and the town as selectman, representative, police judge, superintendent of schools, precinct clerk and treasurer, and town clerk, and spent much time and labor in the preparation of this volume. For fifty-eight years Mr. Downs was kwn to every citizen of Leban, and he left this earth without an enemy. He once said to the writer of these lines, I have tried to live so my obituarist would have thing to say. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.