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Judge Henry Flagg FRENCH

Male 1813 - 1885  (72 years)

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  • Name Henry Flagg FRENCH 
    Title Judge 
    Born 14 Aug 1813  Chester, Rockingham County, NH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 29 Nov 1885  Concord, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • (1) Stearns, Ezra S., Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire, Vol. IV, New York, NY: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1908, pp. 1801-1802:

      Henry Flagg [French], eldest child of Daniel and Sarah W. (Flagg) French, born in Chester, New Hampshire, August 14, 1813, died in Concord, Massachusetts, November 29, 1885, was educated at the Pinkerton Academy, at Derry, and at Pembroke, and at Hingham, Massachusetts, where he went to study French. He studied law in his father's office in Chester, and at the Harvard Law School, and was admitted to the bar August 14, 1834. He practiced law with his father till the death of the latter, 1840, was at Portsmouth one year, then removed to Exeter, and held the office of county solicitor ten years from 1838; and that of bank commissioner four years from 1848; and practiced law in Exeter until appointed a justice of the court of common pleas, August 15, 1855, which office he held till August 1, 1859. He opened an office in Boston, September, 1859, and removed his family to Cambridge in 1860; was appointed assistant district attorney for Suffolk county, November 19, 1862, and held that office (at the same time practicing law) until June, 1865, when he was elected the first president if the Massachusetts Agricultural College. He removed to Amherst, where the college was established, September, 1865, having resigned his office in Boston. Being unable to organize the college according to his ideas of what such an institution should be, he resigned his position there October 17, 1866, and resumed the profession of law in Boston in the spring of 1867, where he practiced until 1876, when he was appointed second assistant secretary of the United States treasury, at Washington, which office he held till 1885, when he returned with impaired health to Concord, Massachusetts, where he remained till his decease, the following November. Charles H. Bell, in "The Bench and Bar of New Hampshire," says: "Judge French was a man of ability and sense, of great readiness, and superior professional attainments. His knowledge was always at his tongue's end. It was said of him that his opinion given at sight was as much to be relied upon as if be had taken days for consideration. He was prompt in all his business methods. While he occupied the bench he never left questions over to be decided in vacation, but had every transfer drawn out, submitted to counsel, and settled, before the term ended. His sense of humor was keen, and he uttered many a bright saying to enliven the tedium of long trials. He never lost his balance whatever happened. One [sic] one occasion, in a hearing before a jury, his opponent introduced a crushing piece of evidence. With perfect presence of mind Judge French turned to his associate counsel and in a whisper inquired, 'Had we better be surprised?'"

      All his life long Judge French manifested his fondness for the cultivation of the soil, and he had an extensive reputation as an agriculturalist. In 1857 he went to Europe, where he travelled for a year on an agricultural mission, and communicated the results of his observations in addresses, letters to the New England Farmer, and in a very full treatise which he published on farm drainage. He had a great love for trees, and was active in ornamenting his native town with them. He set the elm trees in front of his father's office, and was a leader in setting other trees on Chester street, and active in ornamenting Exeter in a like manner. He was president of the Rockingham Agricultural Society from its organization in 1852 till he left the state. For many years he was a contributor to agricultural papers. Dartmouth conferred the honorary degree of Master of Arts upon him in 1852; and he was elected an honorary member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, at Cambridge, July, 1861. He was a man of amiable disposition and even temper, and fulfilled his public and private duties with equal fidelity. He married (first), October 9, 1838, Anne Richardson, born in Chester. September 26, 1811, daughter of Chief Justice William Merchant and Betsey (Smith) Richardson. She died at Exeter, New Hampshire, August 28, 1856, and he married (second) Pamela M. Prentice, of Keene. The children of Henry F. and Anne French were: Harriette Van Mater, William M., Richardson, Sarah Flagg and Daniel Chester.
    Person ID I15347  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 29 Jun 2020 

    Father Daniel FRENCH,   b. 22 Feb 1769, Epping, Rockingham County, NH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 1840, Chester, Rockingham County, NH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Sarah Wingate FLAGG,   b. 31 May 1782,   d. 18 Dec 1878  (Age 96 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 6 Nov 1812 
    Family ID F6888  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Anne RICHARDSON,   b. 26 Sep 1811, Chester, Rockingham County, NH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1856  (Age 44 years) 
    Married 9 Oct 1838  Chester, Rockingham County, NH Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Daniel Chester FRENCH,   b. 20 Apr 1850, Exeter, Rockingham County, NH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Oct 1931, Stockbridge, Berkshire County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)  [natural]
     2. Harriette Van Mater FRENCH,   b. 29 Sep 1839  [natural]
    Last Modified 29 Jun 2020 
    Family ID F6890  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Pamela Mellen PRENTICE,   b. 27 Oct 1821, Keene, Cheshire County, NH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 29 Sep 1859 
    Last Modified 29 Jun 2020 
    Family ID F6897  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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