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Samuel R. Crampton


Mr. Crampton was born at East Guilford, now Madison, July 11, 1816. He received a common school education. Circumstances over which he had no control kept him with his father until his majority. Like many young men without means, he engaged in several kinds of business which gave him only a bare living. At the age of twenty-one he was chosen town constable. His father being the trial justice of the town gave him most of his business in this line. During the administration of Leanander Parmelee, sheriff of New Haven county, he held the position of deputy for about six years. 

After the retirement of Sheriff Parmelee he was the candidate of the republican party for sheriff at two different elections, but was defeated each time, the county being strongly democratic. In 1854, he was elected to the legislature, of which body he was one of the youngest members. In 1856, he was at the convention which organized the republican party, and has been in every state convention of the party since, - a republican who looks back upon the achievements of the party with great satisfaction. In business he has been connected with New York houses about twenty years, first as commercial traveler for nine years, and afterwards with Messrs. E. & H. T. Anthony for a like period, holding a prominent position in their extensive establishment, then at 501 Broadway. In all these years of New York life he held his residence in Madison. Later, under the administration of Prof. Cyrus Northrup, as collector of the port of New Haven, he held the position of weigher and gauger for twelve years. 

He has been a member of the Congregational church of Madison for more than fifty years, and has been active there as in all local matters pertaining to the interest of the town. He is now living with his second wife, by whom he has had four children, among whom he is now enjoying his old age.

SourceIllustrated Popular Biography of Connecticut - 1891 Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding Hartford Conn.  Press of the Case, Lockwood and Brainard Company 1891

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