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APPLETON, John, lawyer, born in Beverly, Massachusetts.. 11 February 1815; died in Portland, Maine, 22 August 1864. He was graduated at Bowdoin College in 1834, in 1837 began the practice of law in Portland, and soon afterward became editor of the "Eastern Argus." At this time he was register of probate for Cumberland County In 1845 tie was appointed chief clerk of the navy department, subsequently chief clerk of the state department, and in 1848 was sent out to Bolivia as charge d'affaires for the United States. On his return in 1849 lie resumed his law practice in Portland, and he was elected to congress in 1850. In 1855-'56 he was secretary of legation in London, in 1857 assistant secretary of state, and in 1860 became minister to Russia.
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