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Franklin Countryman

REV. FRANKLIN COUNTRYMAN, NORTH BRANFORD: Pastor of the Congregational Church.

Rev. Franklin Countryman is a graduate of Yale College and the theological seminary connected with that institution, completing his collegiate course in 1870. He was born in New Haven, Sept. 23, 1849, his parents being Nicholas and Louisa Countryman of that city. He is a brother of Chief Clerk Wm. A. Countryman of the Bureau of Labor Statistics in this state, and is a man of felicitous culture and training. His first pastorate was at Prospect, where he was settled in 1874, remaining for three years. In 1880 he was settled at Georgetown and remained there for two years. The call to the North Branford church was accepted in 1882 and the last eight years have been spent in that pastorate. Mr. Countryman has been the chairman and is at present the secretary of the North Branford school board and is president of the Guilford Christian Union. He is the representative of the New Haven East Consociation in the state committee on fellowship and work, and is an earnest and influential co-laborer with the clergy of his locality in advancing the interests of the church. Two of his sermons have been printed: one on "Christian Service proportioned to Ability," and a sermon preached in memoriam Colonel George Rose of North Branford. He has also prepared an article for a History of New Haven County to be published in the autumn. 

As a collegian at Yale his life was one of the sincerest fidelity to truth, the group of men in his class with whom he maintained the happiest of relationships including the Rev. E. G. Selden of Springfield, Mass., the Rev. James G. K. McClure and the Rev. Roderick Terry of New York, the Rev. John S. Chandler of missionary distinction, the Rev. Edward Sackett Hume, also of the foreign mission field, the Rev. Lewis W. Hicks, who has occupied prominent pulpits in Vermont and this state, and the Rev. Henry L. Hutchins of Kensington. A finer group of men cannot he produced by any of Yale’s noted classes. The Yale associates and friends of Mr. Countryman hold him in the highest esteem. He belongs to the grange in his town and is a member of the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the Revolution. 

The first wife of Mr. Countryman, who was Miss Mary I. Pickett, daughter of Judge Picket of New Haven, died in 1877. The second wife was Miss Ella S. Butricks of New Haven, who is still living. Mr. and Mrs. Countryman have one child living, now eight years of age. He has of late acted with the prohibition party.

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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