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PINGREE, Samuel Everett, governor of Vermont, born in Salisbury, New Hampshire, 2 August, 1832. The family name, formerly written Pengry, was changed by his father to Pingry, and by himself and his brothers to Pingree. He was educated at Dartmouth, in the class of 1857, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1859, and began practice at Hartford, Vermont At the beginning of the civil war he assisted in recruiting a company, and went to the field as 1st lieutenant. He was promoted captain in August, 1861 was disabled by wounds that he received at Bee's Mills, and after returning to his regiment was commissioned as major, 27 September, 1862. On 15 January, 1863, he was promoted lieutenant-colonel. He took part in the severest fighting of the Army of the Potomac, and after the battle of the Wilderness, where all the field-officers of the 2d Vermont infantry were killed or wounded, was placed in command of that regiment. He was mustered out on 27 July, 1864, and returned to the practice of law in Hartford. He was state attorney for Windsor county in 1867-'8, and a member of the Republican national convention in 1868. In 1882 he was elected lieutenant-governor, and in 1884 was chosen governor of the state.
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