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The following Biographical Sketches embrace only deceased persons who were inhabitants of Bennington. Those deceased individuals, who were considered most prominent in their professional characters, have been mentioned under the respective heads of Ecclesiastical history, Physicians and Attorneys at Law. These sketches are necessarily mere skeleton notices. If time and space had permitted, most of these might have been made much more interesting and instructive, by fuller and more characteristic details.

Although living residents of the town have been excluded from our biographical notices. It may not, perhaps, be improper to mention the names of some individuals who were natives or descendants of Bennington inhabitants, who have acquired distinction abroad, Those of missionaries have been already named in our account of ecclesiastical affairs.

Among the natives of this town may be mentioned ANN C. LYNCH, of literary and poetic celebrity, now the wife of Professor Botta, of New York. The distinguished clergyman and orator, REV. E. H. CHAPIN, is a son of Bennington.

THEODORE S. FAY, a popular author, and now resident minister of the United States in Switzerland, is a descendant of Stephen Fay, and by the female line, of the Rev. Jedediah Dewey, two of the early prominent inhabitants of this town.

The father of PRESIDENT FILMORE (Nathaniel Filmore) was born in Bennington, April 19, 1771. He married here, and emigrated to western New York, about the year 1798, and is still living at Aurora, Erie Co. Nathaniel Filmore, the grandfather of the President, an early and reputable inhabitant of this town, was Ensign in Capt. Dewey's company, in the battle of Bennington. One of his sons, and many of his descendants, are still living in town.

The parents of the Hon. KINSLEY SCOTT BINGHAM, formerly Governor of Michigan, and now Senator in Congress from that State, were both natives of Bennington, the mother being a sister of the late Col. Martin Scott, who lost his life in the Mexican War.

The Hon. REUBEN H. WALWORTH, late chancellor of New York, once had his residence in this town.

JOHN LOVETT, who was aid to Gen. Stephen Van Rensselaer on the Niagara frontier, in the war of 1812, and afterwards, until 1817, a member of Congress from the Albany district, a man of decided talent, resided in this town as a merchant for 3 or 4 years, ending in 1807, when he removed to Albany. He was a graduate of Yale College, and had also studied the profession of law. He was not successful as a merchant, but is kindly remembered here for his interesting and amusing conversational powers and his genial wit. One of his brief poetic effusions, exhibiting a coarse phase of human vanity, has come down to us as follows:

I sing the Indian, great Bob Konkepot
That used to swear he'd rather fight than not,
'Cause 't made folks talk Konkepot
Great much, great deal--
Dis make Bob Konkepot great man, big feel.

There are doubtless other natives or descendants of Bennington, who might properly be noticed here.