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CHAPIN, Henry, lawyer, born in Upton, Massachusetts. 13 May, 1811; died in Worcester, Massachusetts, 13 October, 1878. He was graduated at Brown in 1835, and at Harvard law-school in 1838, after which he was admitted to the bar. From 1838 till 1846 he practiced in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, and then in Worcester, where he became a partner of Rejoice Newton. He took an active interest in polities, and represented Uxbridge in the state legislature during 1845. In 1849-'50 he was mayor of Worcester, and in 1853 a member of the constitutional convention. He be3ame a commissioner under the "personal liberty law" in 1855, later a commissioner of in' solvency, and in 1858 was appointed judge of the court of probate and insolvency. For many years he was a member of the State board of education, also one of the trustees of the State lunatic asvhim in Worcester, and a director of the City national bank. He was president of the American Unitarian association during several terms, and a member of the council of the national conference.
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