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BENEDICT, George Wyllys, educator, born in North Stamford, Connecticut, 11 January 1796; died in Burlington, Vermont, 23 September 1871. He was graduated at Williams in 1818, and became principal of an academy in Westfield, Massachusetts. From 1819 till 1822 he was tutor at Williams, and then became principal of the academy in Newburg, New York He was professor at the University of Vermont from 1825 till 1847; but failing health forced his resignation, and he became associated with Ezra Cornell in the construction of the Troy and Canada junction telegraph line, becoming the first superintendent of that company. He subsequently engaged independently in telegraph-building, and contracted for the erection of several lines. He purchased the Burlington "Free Press " in 1853, and remained its editor and publisher until 1866. During 1854 and 1855 he was a member of the Vermont senate, serving as chairman of the committee on education. He was a member of the State Historical Society, and also of the Editors' and Publishers' Association.
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