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KILBOURNE, Payne Kenyon, author, born in Litchfield, Connecticut, 26 July, 1815; died there, 19 July, 1859. He learned the printer's trade, assisted in publishing a literary paper in Hartford, Connecticut, and was afterward owner and editor of the Litchfield "Enquirer" from 1845 till 1853. In 1857 he was private secretary to Governor Alexander H. Holley. Mr. Kilbourne was an enthusiastic student of local history, and wrote both in prose and verse. He published " The Skeptic and Other Poems " (1843); "History of the Kilbourne Family, from 1635 to the Present Time " (Hartford, 1845); " Biographical History of the County of Litchfield" (New York, 1851); and "Sketches and Chronicles of the Town of Litchfield," which was put in type entirely by himself (Hartford, 1859). He also compiled and arranged the appendices to Hollister's "History of Connecticut" (2 vols., New Haven, 1855), and prepared most of the notes for that work.
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