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ATHERTON, Charles Humphrey, lawyer, born in Amherst, New Hampshire, 14 August 1773; died in Amherst, 8 January 1853. He was graduated at Harvard in 1794, studied law, admitted to the bar, and entered on the practice of his profession in his native town. His reputation for solid attainments and exact habits of investigation kept him at the head of the Hillsborough County bar for years. He filled the office of register of probate for thirty-nine years (1798-1837), served in congress from 15 December 1815, to 3 March 1817, and was a representative in the legislature in 1823, 1838, and 1839. He prepared various papers for the state historical society.
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