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NEAD, Benjamin Matthias, author, born in An-trim, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, 14 July, 1847. He was graduated at Yale in 1870, studied law in Chambersburg, and was admitted to the bar, 4 June, 1872. In 1875 he was appointed state tax clerk in the auditor-general's office, which post he held until May, 1881, when he resumed the practice of his profession in Harrisburg. In January, 1887, he became editor of the Harrisburg " Daily Patriot," the Democratic organ at the state capital. He has published "Sketches of Early Chambersburg" (1872);" Historical Sketch of Franklin County" (1876) ; "Historical Notes on the Early Government and Legislative Councils and Assemblies of Pennsylvania" (Harrisburg, 1879);" A Brief Review of the Financial History of Pennsylvania, and of the Methods of Auditing Public Accounts" (1881); "Nead's Guide to County Officers" (1877); and was one of the editors of the "Colonial and Provincial Laws of Pennsylvania" (1879).
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