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LAIGHTON, Albert, poet, born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 8 January, 1829; died there, 6 February, 1887. He was educated at private schools in his native place, and was for much of his life connected with a bank in that town. He wrote much poetry for periodicals, beginning in his fifteenth year, and published two volumes of his collected verses (Boston, 1859 and 1878). His longest poem, "Beauty," was read before the literary societies of Bowdoin college and elsewhere in 1858, and parts of it are included in his published volumes. He also compiled, with A. M. Payson, "Poets of Portsmouth," a collection of poems by natives of that town, with a preface by the Reverend Andrew P. Peabody, D. D. (1865)i
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