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149. (Hon.) Horatio Seymour

149. (Hon.) HORATIO6 SEYMOUR (Moses5, Moses4, John3, John2, Richard1), born at Litchfield, Conn., 31 May 1778, died at Middlebury, Vt., 21 Nov. 1857; married May 1800, Lucy CASE, born at Addison, Vt., in 1779, died at Middlebury, Vt., 19 Oct. 1833, daughter of Jonah.

He prepared for college under the tuition of his brother-in-law, Rev. Truman Marsh and was graduated from Yale College, 1797. For a year he taught school at the Academy in Cheshire, Conn.; then studied in the Litchfield Law School, and was admitted to the bar in 1800. He commenced practice in Middlebury, Vt., where he had settled in Oct. 1799. He was Postmaster of Middlebury, 1800-1809; member of the State Council, 1809-1814; State's Attorney for Addison County, 1810-1813, 1815-1819; elected as a Clay Democrat to the U.S. Senate, 1820; reelected 1826; and served from 4 Mar. 1821 to 3 Mar. 1833; unsuccessful Whig candidate for governor of Vermont, 1836; Judge of the Probate Court, 1847-1856. Trustee of Middlebury College, 1810-1855; LL.D., Yale, 1847. He had an extensive practice before he entered the Senate, and acquired a large property, but subsequently lost it chiefly through becoming surety for others. His portrait, and a picture of his mansion in Middlebury, Vt., are included herein.

242. i. OZIAS7, b. 12 Mar. 1801.
243. ii. MOSES, b. 6 Apr. 1803.
iii. MARY, b. Dec. 1805; d. June 1821, unm.
iv. HENRY, b. –; d. at Boston, Mass., Jan. 1847, unm.
v. EMMA HART, b. 5 Jan. 1809; d. at Middlebury, 3 Nov. 1841; m. at Middlebury, 28 Nov. 1836, PHILIP BATTELL, b. at Norfolk, Conn., 28 Nov. 1807, s. of Joseph and Sarah (Robbins), a graduate of Middlebury College, 1826. Children: 1. Emma Seymour, b. 5 Sept. 1837; m. 25 Nov. 1870, Hon. John Wolcott Stewart, Governor of Vermont. 2. Joseph. b. 15 July 1839; living unm. (1908).
vi. HORATIO, b. abt. 1814; d. Sept. 1872; m. ELIZABETH STAATS, b. 20 June 1816, d. 15 Mar. 1876.
I. Horatio Schuyler8, b. 25 Mar. 1842; d. unm. 5 July 1870.
II. Barent Staats, b. 21 Nov. 1843; d. unm. 28 Dec. 1874.

HENRY7 SEYMOUR ( -1847) was a merchant's clerk until he was of age, but never engaged in regular business. He was with the U.S. Army in Florida during most of the Seminole War. He afterwards went to the coast of Africa with the U.S.S. Jamestown, and died on his return.

HORATIO7 SEYMOUR (1814-1872) was educated at Middlebury College and settled in Buffalo, N.Y., where he became a lawyer of note. He served as Corporal in the Buffalo City Guards, Jan. to Feb. 1838, in the Northern Frontier disturbances.

JOSEPH8 BATTELL (1839- ) was a nephew and namesake of Joseph Battell of Norfolk, Conn., donor to Battell Chapel, Yale College. He was a man of great energy, multiple interests, and some eccentricity. He was editor and proprietor of the Middlebury (Vt.) Register, owned 40,000 acres of timber-land and was engaged in the lumber business as well as in other enterprises. He wrote books and numerous newspaper articles, at times keeping from three to five stenographers busy simultaneously with dictation. He was also active in public life, serving six terms in the Vermont Legislature as Representative, and in 1876 as Senator from Addison County. He was deeply interested in scientific and philosophic subjects, about which he wrote considerably. His most noted book was “Ellen, or Whisperings of an Old Pine,” in which he expressed his philosophic views, particularly his antagonism to the doctrine of evolution. Man does not, in order to create a piano, create a violin which evolves into a piano; each is a distinct creation, was his method of reasoning, which he pursued to the obvious analogy.

The title of his book referred to the high, beautiful, Ellen Mountain, which he bought in 1904 (four thousand acres) to make into a forest preserve and pleasure grounds for public use.

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