Nathaniel Niles

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Born: 4 April 1741, in Braintree, Massachusetts

Died: 31 October 1828, in West Fairlee, Vermont


He graduated from Princeton College in 1766, studied law and medicine and was a teacher in New York City. He studied theology and was a preacher in Torrington, Connecticut. After the American Revolution, he moved to West Fairlee, Vermont, served as a member of the Vermont State House of Representatives in 1784 and as a judge of the Vermont Supreme Court, (1784-88). Upon the admission of Vermont as a state into the Union, he was elected as an Anti-Administration candidate to the Second and Third Congresses, serving (1891-95). After his term, he again was a member of the Vermont State House of Representatives, (1800-03, 1812-15). He died in West Fairlee, Vermont, in November, 1828, at the age of eighty-six. He will be mainly remembered by his American Hero, sung vigorously in Norwich in the [early 1800s], and still revived on certain occasions in New Haven.

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