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FOLSOM, George, antiquarian, born in Kennebunk, Maine, 23 May 1802; died in Rome, Italy, 27 March 1869. He was graduated at Harvard in 1822, studied law in Saco, Maine, and practiced his profession in Framingham, and afterward in Worcester, Massachusetts. In the latter town he was associated with the American antiquarian society, was its chairman, and edited the second volume of its series. He removed to New York in 1887, became an active member of the historical society of that City, and virtually quitted his profession for historical literature° In 1844 he was elected to the state senate, and in 1.850 appointed by President Taylor charge d'affaires at the Hague, where ha remained until 1854. After traveling in Europe two years, he returned to the United States, and renewed his connection with various literary and charitable associations. He repeatedly returned to Europe, and collected a valuable library, but was deterred by ill health from active historical studies. He was president of the American ethnological society and of the citizen's savings bank, and published " Sketches of Saco and Biddeford " (Saco, Maine, 1880); "Dutch Annals of New York" (New York, 1841);" Letters and Dispatches of Cortez," translated from the Spanish (1848); "Political Condition of Mexico" (Boston, 1842); and an "Address on the Discovery of Maine," which was delivered before the New York historical society, 6 September 1846.
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