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KENDALL, Bion Freeman, lawyer, born in Bethel, 5Ie., in October, 1827; died in Olympia, Washington territory, 4 January, 1863. He was graduated at Dartmouth in 1852, became a clerk in one of the departments at Washington, and then acted as astronomer for the expedition that was sent under General Isaac I. Stevens to explore a route for the Pacific railroad, he afterward became a lawyer in Olympia, W. T., where he attained note in his profession, and was secretary of the legislature, also engaging in the lumber business. At the beginning of the civil war He made a four-months' trip in the southern states, and reported to General Scott on the condition, resources, and war material of each. Soon afterward he was appointed superintendent of Indian affairs for Washington territory, and also edited a newspaper there. He was assassinated by a man whose father Kendall had attacked in his journal.
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