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History of Candia, (Rockingham County) New Hampshire
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Biography of Sam Walter Foss
Sam Walter Foss, poet, was born in Candia, N. H., June 19, 1858; son of Dyer and Polly (Hardy) Foss. He was fitted for college at Portsmouth high school and Tilton seminary, N.H., and was graduated from Brown university in 1882. Besides contributing to several humorous journals in New York, and to the New York Sun, he was editor of the Saturday Union, Lynn, Mass., 1883-87; of the Yankee Blade, 1887-94, and an editorial writer on the Boston Globe, 1887-96. In May, 1898, he was elected librarian of the Somerville (Mass.) public library. He was married in 1888 to Carrie M. Conant. His published writings include: Back County Poems (1892); Whiffs from Wild Meadows (1894); Dreams in Homespun (1896); and Songs of War and Peace (1898), besides numerous contributions to periodical literature.
Frederick Smyth - A Biography
Frederick Smyth, governor of New Hampshire, was born in Candia, N.H., March 19, 1819; son of Stephen and Dorothy (Rowe) Smyth. He worked on his father's farm; attended Phillips academy, Andover, Mass.; taught school; in 1839 became clerk in a store in Manchester, N.H., soon being taken into partnership, and in 1849 was elected city clerk. He was mayor of Manchester, 1852?54; was chairman of a committee to locate and build a house of "reformation for juvenile offenders;" a representative in the state legislature, 1857?58; president of the Republican state convention, 1859; a commissioner to the World's Fair at London, 1861; again mayor of Manchester, 1863, and after the battle of Gettysburg be rendered efficient aid in caring for the sick and wounded. He was governor of New Hampshire, 1865?67. During his administration He established the financial credit of the state. He was a delegate to the Republican national convention of 1872; an honorary commissioner to the International exposition at Paris, France, 1878, subsequently making an extensive European and Oriental tour, and was a member of the state constitutional convention of 1877. The honorary degree of A.M. was conferred upon Governor Smyth by Dartmouth college in 1865. He was trustee and treasurer of the New Hampshire Agricultural and Mechanical college; treasurer of the New Hampshire Agricultural society for ten years; a director of the U.S. Agricultural society; vice-president of the American Pomelogical society; a corporator of the national asylums for disabled soldiers; vice-president of the New England Agricultural society, and actively connected with various railroad, telegraph and banking organizations. He is the author of numerous addresses; a series of letters to the New Hampshire Journal of Agriculture, and correspondence to the Mirror and American descriptive of his travels. Governor Smyth died in Hamilton, Bermuda, April 22, 1899.
New Hampshire Facts:
Rockingham County Facts:Seat: Brentwood
Formed from: Original County
Additional Local History Notes:
The 1854 Gazetteer of the United States by Thomas Baldwin shows:
CANDIA, a post-township of Rockingham county, New Hampshire, 15 miles S. E. from Concord. Population, 1482.
Candia is situated 110 meters above sea level.