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BROOKS, Eleazer, soldier, born in Concord, Massachusetts, and 10 September, 1727; died in Lincoln, Massachusetts, 9 November, 1806. Without schooling he acquired a valuable fund of knowledge, his practice being to read the-best books, and then talk about them to intelligent men. He became captain of militia in 1773, and took a prominent part in the war for independence, rising to the rank of brigadier-general. At the battle of White Plains he commanded a regiment and distinguished himself by his bravery. Entering the general court in 1774, he had a public career of thirty-seven years, becoming successively a representative, a member of the senate, and a councilor. In 1801 he withdrew from public life.
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