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CLAFLIN, Lee, philanthropist, born in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, 19 November, 1791 ; died in Boston, Massachusetts, 23 February, 1871. He early established a shoe-factory in Boston, and by his enterprise and industry accumulated a large fortune. Mr. Claflin became identified with education in consequence of his munificent gifts to various institutions of learning'. Among those endowed by him were Wesleyan university., Wilbraham academy, and Boston theological seminary. From 1853 till 1871 he was a trustee of Wesleyan university. His death was the result of an accident.--His son, William, governor of Massachusetts. born in Milford, Massachusetts, 6 March, 1818. He was educated in public schools and in Brown university. For many years he was engaged in the wholesale boot and shoe business in St. Louis, Missouri, and afterward, in Boston, Massachusetts, was a member of the state legislature in 1849-'53, state senator in 1860-'1, and presiding officer during his last term, lieutenant governor in 1866-'9, and governor in 1869-'71. He became a member of the republican national executive committee in 1864, and was its chairman from 1868 till 1872. He was elected as a republican to congress, and served twice, from 15 October, 1877, till 4 March, 1881. In 1868 he received the degree of LL.D. from Wesleyan university.
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