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FORBES, Charles Edwin, philanthropist, born in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, 25 August 1795; died in Northampton, Massachusetts, 13 February 1881. He was graduated at Brown in 1815, studied law in Enfield and Northampton, Massachusetts, and was admitted to the bar in 1818. He was County attorney and also a member of the legislature in 1826, judge of the court of common pleas in 1847, and of the state Supreme Court in 1848. He left an estate of $300,000, most of which he bequeathed to establish a free public library in Northampton. This library was incorporated by act of the Massachusetts legislature on 3 May 1881.
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