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HARPER, Joseph Morrill, physician, born in Limerick, York County, Maine, 21 June, 1787; died in Canterbury, N. H., 15 January, 1865. He studied medicine, and began to practise in 1810 at Canterbury, where he afterward resided, he served in the war of 1812 as assistant surgeon in the 4th infantry. He was a member of the legislature in 1826-'7, and again in 1829-'30, serving during the latter year as president of the senate, and ex-officio as governor from February until June, 1831, through the resignation of Mathew Harvey. He was then elected to congress as a Democrat, and served from 5 December, 1831, till 3 March, 1835. From 1842 till 1856 he was president of the Mechanics' bank of Concord, New Hampshire He passed the latter part of his life on a farm, having retired from the practice of his profession.
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