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LORING, George Bailey, agriculturist, born in North Andover, Massachusetts, 8 November, 1817. He was graduated at Harvard in 1838, and at the medical department in 1842. He was surgeon to the marine hospital, Chelsea, Massachusetts, in 1843-'50, a commissioner to revise the United States marine hospital system in 1849, and postmaster at Salem, Massachusetts, in 1853-'7. He subsequently devoted himself for many years to practical and scientific agriculture, and to the preparation and delivery of addresses on that and kindred topics. He has been president of the New England agricultural society since 1864, was a delegate to the National Republican conventions in 1868, 1872, and 1876, chairman of the Massachusetts Republican committee in 1869-'76, United States centennial commissioner in 1872-'6, and president of the state senate in 1873-'7. He was elected to congress as a Republican in 1876, and served till 1881, when he became commissioner of agriculture, holding office till 1885. Among his numerous addresses are "Relation of Agriculture to the State in Time of War" (Concord, Massachusetts, 1862) ; "Classical Culture" (Amherst, 1866)" "Eulogy on Louis Agassiz" (1873)" "The Cobden Club and the American Farmer" (Worcester, 1880)" address at the cotton convention in Atlanta, Georgia (1881)" and" The Farm-Yard Club of Jotham," a sketch of New England life and farming (Boston, 1876).
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