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BOUTON, Nathaniel, clergyman, born in Norwalk, Connecticut, 29 June 1797; died in Concord, New Hampshire, 6 June 1878. He was graduated at Yale in 1821, and at Andover theological seminary in 1824. On May 23, 1825, he was ordained pastor of the 1st Congregational Church in Concord, New Hampshire He was president of the New Hampshire historical society from 1842 till 1844, trustee of Dartmouth College from 1840 till 1877, secretary of the board of trustees from 1845 till 1873, and president of the New Hampshire missionary society from 1852 till 1858. He also served as vice-president of the American home missionary society and director of the New Hampshire Bible society, and was a corporate member of the New England historical and genealogical society, and of the Maine, the Wisconsin, and the Pennsylvania historica,1 societies. In 1867 he gave up his pastorate and became editor of the provincial records of the state of New Hampshire, receiving the honorary appointment of state historian. Besides numerous sermons, addresses, and articles in periodicals, he published "Help to Prayer" (1832) ; "Sinners Directed," abridged from Baxter (1832): "History of Education in New Hampshire," a discourse (12 June 1833); "Memoir of Mrs. Elizabeth Macfarland" (1839); "The Fathers of the New Hampshire Ministry," a discourse (22 August 1848) ; "Historical Discourse on the 200th Anniversary of the Settlement of :Norwalk, Connecticut" (9 July 1851) ; "History of Concord, New Hampshire" (1856) ; "Collections of New Hampshire Historical Society," vols. vii. and viii. (1850-'6) ; an annotated edition of Rev. Thomas Symmes's "Account of Captain John Lovewell's Great Fight with the Indians at Pequawket, May 8, 1725" (1861); "Discourse Commemorative of a Forty Years' Ministry" (Concord, 23 March 1865); and ten volumes of the "Provincial Records. "*H is son, John Bell, author, born in Concord, New Hampshire, 15 March 1830. After he was graduated at Dartmouth in 1849 he studied law and became editor of the Cleveland "Plain-Dealer" in 1851. He removed to New York city in 1857, and was one of the editors of the " Journal of Commerce" until 1864, when he entered into business. He has published "Loved and Lost," a series of essays (1857) ; "Round the Block," a novel (1864); "Treasury of Travel and Adventure" (1865); and "Memoir of General Bell" (1865).
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