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MARSHALL, Charles Henry, merchant, born in Easton, Washington County, New York, 8 April, 1792; died in New York city, 23 September, 1865. His ancestors were natives of Nantucket, where they were followers of the sea, and his father removed thence to the Saratoga patent in 1785. The son was born in a log cabin on his father's farm, and received a limited education. He followed the sea, and became a proprietor and master in the "Old line " of packets between New York and Liverpool. In 1834 he left the sea, having crossed the Atlantic ninety-four times, and was the principal manager of the "Old line" for thirty years, during which time he was closely identified with the commercial interests of this country. He superintended the building of new vessels, one of which, the "United States," of 2,000 tons, was after a few voyages purchased by the Prussian government. Captain Marshall was a commissioner of emigration in 1851-'5, president of the Marine society, a trustee of the Sailors' snug harbor, was interested in other similar institutions. From 1845 till his death he was one of the board of pilot commissioners. He was an active member of the Union defence committee organized at a meeting in Union square, New York, 20 April, 1861, for co-operation with the United States government, and was third president of the Union league club of New York, holding this post at the time of his death.
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