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METCALF, Ralph, governor of New Hampshire, born in Charlestown, New Hampshire, 21 November, 1798; died in Claremont, New Hampshire, 26 August, 1858. He worked on a farm until 1816, and was graduated at Dartmouth in 1823, after which he studied law, which he practised in Newport in 1826. He was secretary of state for several years, afterward held a clerkship in Washington in 1838-'40, was register of probate for Sullivan county in 1845, and chairman of the committee for compiling the laws of the state in 1852. He was a member of the New Hampshire house of representatives in 1852-'3, and governor of the state in 1855-'6.
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