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HOUGH, Franklin Benjamin (huff), author, born in Martinsburg, New York, 20 July, 1820; died in Lowville, New York, 6 June, 1885. His father, Dr. Horatio G. Hough, emigrated from Southwick, Massachusetts, and was the first physician in Lewis county, New York Franklin was graduated at, Union in 1843, and at Cleveland medical college in 1848, and, after teaching for several years, practised medicine in Somerville, New York, in 1848-'52, and in Albany, New York, in 1854-'60. In 1862 he entered the United States volunteer service as regimental surgeon, and served nine months in the Maryland and Virginia campaigns. He then settled in Lowville, New York, and devoted himself to scientific and historical studies. He was superintendent of the state census in 1865, preparing the pamphlet of instruction by order of the legislature, and for several years was chief of the forestry division of the United States department of agriculture. He published, besides many pamphlets, reviews, and essays, "A Catalogue of Plants in Lewis and Franklin Counties, New York" (Albany, 1847): "History of St. Lawrence and Franklin Counties, New York" (1853); "Plan for seizing and carrying to New York William Goffe, the Regicide" (1855); "Papers relating to Cromwell County, New York" (1856); "Proceedings of the Commissioners of Indian Affairs" (1861); an annotated translation of Badan's "Guerre de Crimee," under the title of "Military and Hospital Camps" (New York, 1862); "History of Duryea's Campaign" (1864); "Washingtoniana, or Memorials of the Death of George Washington" (Roxbury, Massachusetts, 1865); "The Siege of Charleston, May 12, 1780" (Albany, 1867); "The Duty of Government in the Preservation of Forests" (Salem, 1873); "American Biographical Notes" (Albany, 1875); and "Report on Forestry" (Washington, 1878-'80).
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