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ATWATER, Caleb, lawyer, born in North Adams, Massachusetts, 25 December 1778; died in Circleville, Ohio, 13 March 1867. He was graduated at Williams College in 1804, studied law, and became a successful practitioner. He moved to Ohio in 1811, where for some years he was a member of the state legislature, and postmaster of Circleville. He was also Indian commissioner under Jackson. He published "A Tour to Prairie du Chien" (1831); "Western Antiquities" (1833) ; "Writings of Caleb Atwater" (1833) ; "History of Ohio" (1838) ; and an "Essay on Education" (1841). An article on the "Writings of Caleb Atwater" is to be found in the Cincinnati "Western Monthly Magazine " for 1834.
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