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FOWLER, Samuel Page, antiquarian, born in Danvers, Massachusetts, 22 April 1800. He carried on the business of tanning and currying in his native town, held various local offices, and was a member of the legislature in 1837'9, and of the State constitutional convention in ]853. He was one of the founders of the Essex institute, and for ten years president of the board of trustees of the Peabody institute of Danvers. He wrote articles for the "Historical Collections" of the Essex institute, and a sketch of the "Life and Character of the Rev. Samuel Parris, of Salem Village, and his Connection with the Witchcraft Delusion of 1692"; and annotated Robert Calef's "More Wonders of the Invisible World " (Salem, 1861).
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