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FOGG, George Gillman, senator, born in Meredith, New Hampshire, 26 May 1815; died in Concord, New Hampshire, 5 October 1881. He was graduated at Dartmouth in 1839, and became principal of Hebron academy, and then professor of English literature in the academy at New tIampton. After studying law privately and at the Harvard Law School, he was admitted to the bar in 1842, and practiced in Gilmanton, He was in the legislature in 1846, and soon afterward was appointed secretary of state. He then became editor-in-chief of the "Independent Democrat," published first at Manchester and afterward at Concord, and held that post from 1854 till 11861. He was reporter of the state Supreme Court in 1855'9, and in 1856 was clerk of the congressional committee sent by the House of Representatives to Kansas. He was a delegate to the Buffalo Free-soil convention of 1848, to the Pittsburgh convention of 1852, the Philadelphia Republican convention of 1856, and to the Chicago convention of 1860. He was a member of the Republican national committee from 1856 till 1864, and was at one time its secretary.
He declined the office of commissioner of patents, and was appointed by President Lincoln U. S. minister to Switzerland, serving from 1861 till 1865. During the succeeding year he was appointed by the governor of New Hampshire to the U. S. Senate in place of Daniel Clark, resigned, and served till 1867. In 1866 he was a delegate to the Philadelphia loyalists' convention. He was actively connected with the New Hampshire historical society, and was a trustee of Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, to which he gave $5,000, and which gave him the degree of LL.D. After his return from Europe he resumed the editorship of the "Independent Democrat" till it was united with the "Statesman" in 1871, and was then for one year the principal political writer for the combined paper, when he resigned and retired. Mr. Fogg was a man of strong convictions and honest purposes, and a vigorous and fearless writer. He never married.
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