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Selah G. Blakeman


Colonel Blakeman is a native of the town of Stratford in this state, where he was born May 23, 1841. He attended the district school in that town, and later the high school in Milford. 

He enlisted as a private in the Seventeenth Regiment, Connecticut volunteer infantry, July 29, 1862, and was in every engagement, and was in every engagement that the command took part in as a regiment, until he was discharged as a sergeant at the close of the war. In 1866 he married and bought a farm in Huntington, where he now resides. He has been first selectman of the town, has held the office of deputy sheriff for three years, and other minor offices in the town. In 1879 he was elected to represent the town in the legislature. He served as aid-de-camp on Governor Lounsbury’s staff in 1887-8 with the rank of colonel. He is a past post commander of Kellogg Post, G. A. R.; was a delegate to the national encampment, G. A. R., held at Denver, Col., in 1883; was an aid-de-camp on Commander-in-Chief Burdette’s staff, in 1886, at the encampment at San Francisco, California, and on Commander-in-Chief Alger’s staff, in 1890, at the encampment in Boston. He has served between four and five years as foreman of the Echo hose and hook and ladder company of Shelton. 

He is a prominent member of the I.O.O.F., and has the reputation of being one of the best drill masters in the order. His business is farming, but for the past few years he has spent most of his time in building roads and grading. In politics he has always been a strong republican. 

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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