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PILLSBURY, Parker, reformer, born in Hamilton, Massachusetts, 22 September, 1809. He removed to Henniker, New Hampshire, in 1814, and was employed in farm-work till 1835, when he entered Gilmanton theological seminary. He was graduated in 1838, studied a year at Andover, supplied the Congregational church at New London, New Hampshire, for one year, and then abandoned the ministry in order to engage in anti-slavery work. He was a lecturing agent of the New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and American anti-slavery societies from 1840 till the abolition of slavery, and edited the "Herald of Freedom" at Concord, New Hampshire, in 1840 and 1845-'6, and the "National AntiSlavery Standard" in New York city in 1866. In 1868-'70 he was the editor of the "Revolution," a woman suffrage paper in New York city. Afterward he was a preacher for Free religions societies in Salem and Toledo, Ohio, Battle Creek, Michigan, and other western towns. Betides pamphlets on reform subjects, he has published "Acts of the Anti-Slavery Apostles" (Rochester, New York, 1883).--His brother, Oliver, born in Henniker, N. II., 16 February, 1817d. in Concord, New Hampshire, 22 February, 1888, was educated at Hen-hiker academy, taught in New Jersey in 1839-'47, occupying a prominent place among the educators of the state, returned to New Hampshire with impaired health, and was a farmer for the next seventeen years. He served three terms in the legislature, was a state councillor in 1862 and 1863, displaying executive ability and energy in business connected with the New Hampshire quota of troops, and in 1869 was appointed the first insurance commissioner of the state, holding the office till his death.
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