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weight.

The presiding officers of both
branches accompanied Governor



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Brown, his council and staff to the
inauguration of President Harding,
the situation thus created present-
ing the interesting question of who
was governor of the state during the
absence from its borders of all three
of the officers mentioned in the
statutory succession.

It was the general opinion among
those who have attended in one



branch, was to have a roll call as
soon as possible.

The most words were employed
in considering the conditions in the
city of Manchester, but other topics
of spirited debate were daylight
saving, chiropractors, the Sunday
law, the interest rate, salaries, the
schools, the constitutional conven-
tion, and moving picture censor-




Hon. Harry T. Lord,
Chairman of Appropriations.

capacity or another many legislative ship. The number and excellence

sessions that there have been few in of the speeches made upon these

the recent history of the state so subjects showed that the legislators

slightly featured by debate as that could talk if they wished to, but

of 1921. "Orations" were few and that they lacked the inclination ex-



far between ; partisanship was al-
most entirely absent from the pro-
ceedings ; and even in the case of
those subjects upon which there was



cept on extraordinary occasions.

One word they could say, liked
to say and did say, very frequently,
was "no !" and by this characteristic



a decided difference of opinion, the perhaps the General Court of 1921
desire, especially in the lower will live longest in history.



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PERSONAL SKETCHES

Speaker Jones.

Seventy-five different men have
presided over the deliberations of
the New Hampshire House of
Representative since the organiza-
tion of the State government under
the Constitution of 1784, which,
with various amendments, still
remains in force. Of these seventy-
five men, fifteen were called to
service in the National House of
Representatives ; twelve represented
New Hampshire in the U. S. Sen-
ate, and one was chosen to the
presidency of the Republic. Most
of these were men of ability and
high character, and none of them
ever disgraced the position to which
he was called by his associates;
but it is no reflection upon any to
say that some, more readily and
efficiently than others, performed
the often trying, and sometimes
delicate duties of the office. It
may safely be said, however, that
no man who has filled the Speaker's
chair during the last fifty years,
which is as far back as runs the
memory of men familiar with the
work of legislation in the state, has
surpassed the present speaker! in
his perfect grasp of every situation,
the promptness and accuracy of his
rulings, the readiness and rapidity
with which he has despatched the
business of the House, the general
courtesy of his bearing, and the
absolute impartiality which has
characterized his action whenever
question or controversy has arisen.

Fred Axdros Jones was born
in Stoneham, Mass., April 9, 1884,
son of Andros B., and Lizzie J.
(Young) Jones. His father, a
veteran of the Civil War. who has
since been prominent in public
affairs in city and state, removed to
Nashua, N. H., when Fred A. was
a child, and in the public schools
of that city, Dartmouth College



(class of 1906) and at the Harvard
Law School, he received his educa-
tion.

Admitted to the bar in June,
1909, he began the practice of law
in Lebanon in August following.

He attends the Congregational
church, and there has never been
any question as to the reliability
of his Republicanism in politics.
He was a Representative from
Lebanon in 1913, serving on the
Committees on Revision of the
Statutes, Railroads, and Labor. He
has been moderator of the Lebanon
town meeting since 1914, and judge
of the municipal court since 1915,
and was a delegate in the recent
Constitutional Convention. He
has been active in party affairs,
and a member of the executive
committee of the Republican State
Committee for the last seven years.
He is a 32nd degree Mason, Knight
Templar and Shriner, is affiliated
with the Elks, Knights of Pythias,
Patrons of Husbandry and Sons of
Veterans, and a member of the
Langdon and Sunset Clubs of Leb-
anon and the Chi Phi Fraternity.

On September 3, 1907, he mar-
ried Mary Elizabeth Bennett.
They have four children, Eleanor,
Lucille, Robert and Donald.

The chairman of a prominent
House Committee, familiar with the
work of the session, gives the fol-
lowing estimate of the services of
Mr. Jones as Speaker.

"One must go back to a period beyond
the experience of any member at present
in the House to find a speaker whose
effectiveness in office will compare with
that of Speaker Jones. We expect certain
personal powers in any man chosen to
govern the unwieldy New Hampshire
House of Representatives. We also ex-
pect that against recognized virtues will
be matched equally obvious defects. The
surprising fact is that when we come to
weigh the pros and cons in the case of the
speaker of 1921 all the entries must be



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made in the column of virtues. How
stands the account?

"To begin with, there is the question of
voice. The Speaker's voice is clear,
resonant, penetrating, yet agreeable; it
reaches to the farthest limits of the
gallery. His utterance is always distinct,
with every syllable intelligible, even when
the pace is hurried. Through all the
rapid-fire repetition of form and phrase,
first reading, second reading, third read-
ing, reference, amendment, he never loses
his bearings or becomes entangled. He
presides with dignity and composure, sure
in his rulings, unruffled by untoward in-
cident, however sudden the jolt or con-
fusing the unexpected problem. Disci-
pline, in which many speakers fail, comes
easily to him. The blow of his gavel
registers not a piteous appeal for consid-
eration but a peremptory order, and that
order is obeyed. He is fair, granting to
every man and every measure full justice
and an equal chance. His statements are
ever terse and explicit. He is not gar-
rulous and he does not lecture.

"These be virtues, indeed, and a long
list ! One more, however, must be added,
and that too, from the point of view of
service to the state, of the first impor-
tance. Throughout the session Mr. Jones'
aim seems to have been to see that
the business of the House is done, rather
than to contrive that it be done in his
way. He plays no favorites. He does
not use the power of his office to in-
fluence legislation. To be just and fair,
to keep the house in order and hold it
steadily to its work, to make the questions
as they arise clear to every mind, to be
the leader and director not of his party
but of the whole house — these are ideals
easily stated but difficult of attainment.
Mr. Jones has made them a matter of
daily practice."



William E. Price.

William E. Price of Lisbon is a
newcomer in legislative work who
has made a record for efficiency in
the present House, which is likely



to insure his return at the next
election. He is a native of Wood-
stock 111., born May 9, 1873; grad-
uated from Brown University,
Providence, R. I., A. B., in 1896
and A. M., in 1897, and is a member
Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. In 1899,
in company with his brother-in-
law, B. S. Webb, he removed to
Lisbon, N. H., and established the







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William E. Price

present N. E. Electrical Works,
manufacturing electric wires and
cables, with salesrooms in New
York City.

Mr. Price is a Congregationalist
and a Republican, and has been ac-
tive in the affairs of the Republican
party, holding, for the last fifteen
years, the position of president, or |
chairman of the executive commit-
tee of the Lisbon Republican Club,
being now its president. He has
served the town six years as moder-
ator, is at present a member of the
school board and president of the
supervisory district. He was a
delegate in the recent Constitutional
Convention, was fuel administrator



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191



during the late war, member of the
State executive staff for United
War Work, one of the "Four Min-
ute" men and local manager of
various war relief drives. He is a
32nd degree Mason and Shriner.
He has been active in public affairs
as a citizen since locating in Lisbon
and a leader in all movements for
promoting the welfare of the com-
munity. He is actively interested
in athletics and amateur theatricals.
Mr. Price is a member of the
Judiciary Committee in the present
House and is ranking member of
the Ways and Means. He was the
sponsor of the Chiropractors bill
and made the leading argument in
its support. As a speaker he is
forceful and effective. He married,
in 1899, Rebekah Webb of Provi-
dence, R. I. They have two chil-
dren, a son entering Dartmouth
College this year, and a daughter
now in the Lisbon High School.



Elmer E. Woodbury

Elmer Ellsworth Woodbury,
Representative from Woodstock,
has served his town and the state
in various capacities, having been
many years a selectman, town clerk
and member of the school board, a
delegate in the Constitutional
Convention of 1902, and again a
delegate in the last convention ; a
member of the House and Chair-
man of the Elections Committee in
1909, and a member of the State
Senate in 1915 when he served as
chairman of the Forestry Commit-
tee and a member of the Commit-
tees on Agriculture, Elections and
Finance. In the House, this year,
Mr. Woodbury is chairman of the
Committee on Mileage and has
second place on the Forestry Com-
mittee. He has given close atten-
tion to his committee work and has
evinced a strong interest in all
legislative matters of public 'im-



portance. He was the originator
of the plan adopted by the Legisla-
ture to procure a portrait of Abra-
ham Lincoln to be hung in the hall
of the House, and is chairman of
the Committee to carry out the
w< *rk.

Mr. Woodbury is a native and
life long resident of W'oodstock,
son of David and Mahitable
(Russell) Woodbury, and educated
in the public schools of Woodstock
and F'ranconia. He is a Republican
in politics and liberal in his religous
views. He is a Knight of Pythias
and a Patron of Husbandry, in
which latter order he has been
Master of his subordinate and
Pomona granges, and a District
Deputy of the State Grange. By
occupation he is a farmer and
builder, and is a district chief of
the N. H. Forestry Department.
He is a writer of note, under the
pen name of "'Justus Conrad," and
was a leader in the movement for
the development of the Lost River
region. He married, September 4,
1885, Florence E. Chase of Concord.
Thev have one sen and a daughter.



William A. Lee.

William Andrew Lee, Repre-
sentative from Ward 8, Concord,
may be accounted one of the "old
timers" in the House, as he is now
serving his fifth consecutive term,
having been a member in 1913,
1915, 1917 and 1919, and returned
with practical unanimity at the last
election. In his first term he was
a member of the Committee on
State Hospital; in 1915 he was as-
signed to the same committee and
that on Ways and Means, in 1917
the same as in 1915, and in 1919 to
Revision of the Statutes and State
Hospital. In the present legislature
he serves on Revision of the
Statutes and School for Feeble
Minded.



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Mr. Lee is a veteran in the public
service, outside the legislature,
having served in the Concord City
government many years as council-
man, alderman and assessor. He
was also a delegate from Ward 8
in the last Constitutional Conven-
tion, and took an active part in the
proceedings of that body, as he
always has in the work of the
legislature, both in Committee and
on the floor.



crat, he has continued actively in
the faith, and is at the present time
a member of the Democratic State
Committee. In religion he is a
Roman Catholic. He is interested
in all matters of public concern,
and is a member of the Concord
Chamber of Commerce. He mar-
ried, October 10, 1883, Johanna
Kelley of Northfield, Vt. They
have one son, John J. Lee, born
November 4, 1893, late deputy




William A. Lee



He was born in Concord, April
10, 1861, the son of John J. and
Kate (Coughlin) Lee; was edu-
cated in the public .schools and
learned the plumber's trade in
early life, which business he has
since followed, having been for
many years past extensively en-
gaged as a plumbing and heating
contractor. Born and bred a Demo-



collector of U. S. Internal Revenue,
and now in business in Concord.



Dr. Henry H. Amsden.

Among the new members of the
House from Concord in the
Legislature this year, taking promi-
nent position, is Dr. Henry H,
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193



responsible position of chairman of
the State Hospital Committee and
is also a member of the Committee
on Public Health, in the important
work of both of which Committees
he has taken an active part.

Dr. Amsden is the .son of Hon.
Charles H. Amsden, now of the
Boston Custom House, and once
prominent in Democratic politics in
this state, having been the party
nominee for Governor in 1888 and
1890. He was born in Ward 1,
Concord, July 15, 1872, and was
educated in the Concord High




Dr. Henry H. Amsden

School and the Boston University
School of Medicine, graduating
from the latter in 1896, and immedi-
ately commencing the practice of
medicine in Attleboro, Mass., where
he continued until 1905, since when
he has been in active practice in
Concord, with the exception of
about a year with the American
Expeditionary Forces in France,
where he served in the Medical
Corps, with the rank of Captain.
He is a Republican in politics and



a Congregationalist in religon ; a
member of the Masonic fraternity,
of the American Medical Associa-
tion, N. H. Medical Society,
American College of Surgeons,
Medical Veterans of the World
War, and the Association of Mili-
tary Surgeons of the United States.
On June 29, 1898, Dr. Amsden
was united in marriage with Grace
F., daughter of Charles T. Page of
Concord. Thev have two sons,
John Page, born May 20, 1899, a
graduate of Dartmouth, Class of
1920, and now an instructor in
Chemistry in that institution, and
Edward D., born January 16, 1908,
now a student in the Concord High
School.



James H. Hunt.

James H. Hunt, Republican, Rep-
resentative from Ward One,
Nashua, returns to the House this
year, having served in the same
two years ago as a member of the
Committee on Appropriations, of
which he is also a member this
year, as well as < Chairman of the
Committee on Soldiers' Home.

Mr. Hunt is a native of the town
of Stoddard, son of Timothy Hunt
Jr., and Tryphena (Fisher) Hunt,
born November 25, 1841. He was
educated in the public schools of his
native town, and resided there
until 1872. except for an absence of
three years, from August 1862 to
July 8, 1865, as a member of the
14th N. H. Vols., in the Union
Army during the Civil War, and a
year immediately following the war,
spent in California. He entered
the service with the rank of corporal
and was discharged as a lieutenant.

Returning to Stoddard he engag-
ed in the stove and tinware busi-
ness, and served as postmaster
there three years. Removing to
Nashua in 1872, he continued in the
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September 1, 1879, when he was
appointed Assistant City Marshal
of Nashua, and served as such two
years and four months, and as City
Marshal rive years. He engaged
in the livery and boarding stable




James H. Hunt

business in 1887, and continued in
the business thirteen years. He
has served as Coroner, Deputy
Sheriff, and County Commissioner
for Hillsborough County, for sev-
eral years, retiring from the latter
office in 1919. At present is engag-
ed in no active business, but is a
Notary Public, a director of the
Nashua Trust Company, and of the
Nashua Building and Loan As-
sociation.

Fraternally he is a member of
all Masonic bodies, of the Loyal
Legion, and the Grand Army of
the Republic. November 21, 1867,
he was united in marriage with
Miss Rosalthe Upton of Stoddard.
They observed their



Walter M. Flint.

The Chairman of the House
Committee on Revision of the
Statutes, who is also a member of
the Judiciary, is Walter M. Flint
of Plymouth, one of the few lawyers
chosen to the legislature this year,
who also comes for his first term,
but has made a record for efficient
service and i.s likely to be heard
from in the future. Mr. Flint was
born in Boston, June 15, 1877, son
of Moses L. and Mary A. (Rich-
ards) Flint. He is a descendant in
the ninth generation from Thomas
and Ann Flint who came to Ameri-
ca from Wales about 1640. His
great grandfather settled in Lyme,
N. H., in 1793, and the old home-
ster d, en which his father and
grandfather were • born, is now
occupied as a summer home.




ding in 1917.



golden wed-



W alter M. Flint

Mr. Flint was educated in the
Boston schools, studied law in a
Boston office, was admitted to the
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195



practiced in Boston till 1911, in the
meantime having been admitted to
the bar of the U. S. Circuit Court.
He removed to Lyme in the sum-
mer of 1911, and was admitted to
the N. H. Bar in December of that
year. He remained in Lyme until
January, 1913, when he removed
to Plymouth, where he has since
been located in practice. While in
Lyme he served one year as a
selectman and also as a member of
the school board. In Plymouth he
.served as justice of the Municipal
Court from 1915 to 1918; has been
a member of the school board from
1916 to date, and is moderator of
the village precinct. He is a
Baptist in religion, a Republican in
politics, and a Mason of lodge,
chapter, council and Eastern Star
connection.

October 5, 1904, Mr. Flint was
married to Elizabeth Hilton Mars-
ton of Boston, a native of Sand-
wich, N. H. They have two chil-
dren, Dorothy Grace, born Febru-
ary 3, 1906, and Elizabeth Jose-
phine, born December 30, 1912.



Harry M. Morse.

Littleton sent two Republicans
to the present legislature, along
with one Democrat, this being the
first time since 1909 that any Re -
publican has been elected a repre-
sentative in that town. One of
these, Harry M. Morse, who has
been for many years in the practice
of law there, was named by Speaker
Jones as chairman of the important
Committeee on Judiciary, before
which the bulk of the important
business of the session always
comes.

Mr. Morse was born in the town
of Haverhill, March 22, 1858, son
of John F. and Susan W. (Johnson)
Morse. He was educated in the
public schools of Lisbon, where he
had removed with his parents in



early life, and at the New Hampton
Literary Institution. He studied
law in the office of John L. Foster
and Hon. Edward D. Rand of
Lisbon, was admitted to the Graf-
ton County bar in August, 1880,
and commenced practice as a part-
ner with Judge Rand, continuing
till the death of the latter in 1886,
after which he was alone in prac-
tice. On December 31, 1889, he was
united in marriage with Miss Helen
E. Oakes of Littleton. Following
his marriage he spent three years
in California, where he was admit-




Harry M. Morse

ted to practice. Returning to New
Hampshire he soon after removed
to Littleton, where he has since
resided, engaged in the practice of
his profession, and taking a promi-
nent part in public affairs. While
in Lisbon he served as superin-
tendent of schools, and in Littleton
he has been a trustee of the public
library, and justice of the municipal
court. He was also a delegate
from that town in the recent Con-
stitutional Convention. In religion



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he is classed as a Liberal, while in
politics he has always been a
Republican and active in part}
affairs. By virtue of his position
as Chairman of the Judiciary Com-
mittee, and nominal leader of his
party in the present House he is
also a member of the Committee
on Rules.



Don S. Bridgman.

Among the new members of the!
House this year, but by no means!
new to public affairs, is Don Seavey




has devoted his time to the care
of his extensive real estate inter-
ests in Hanover Village.

Mr. Bridgman is a Baptist in

^religious affiliation and a Republi-
can in politics. He has served
nine years as a member of the
school board, and twenty-one years
as a selectman, and has just been
re-elected for three years as chair-
man of the board, which position
he has held for several years past.
He has also been superintendent of
the Hanover Water Works since
1916. He is a 32nd degree Mason,
an Odd Fellow, and a Patron of

jji Husbandry, in which latter order
.ie has been prominent, serving two
terms as General Deputy of the
State Grange, from 1906 to 1910.
in the House this year he has been
in active member of the important
Jommittee on Appropriations.

On October 30, 1882, he was
united in marriage with Jennie
May Burton.

I

Stanley H. Abbot.



Stanley H. Abbot, who was a
representative from Wilton in 1917,
serving upon the Committee on
Agriculture, comes back to the



D. S. Bbidgman

Bridgman of Hanover, who was
born in that town April 4, 1856, son
of John L. and Hortensia A.
(Wood) Bridgman. He was edu-
cated in the public schools and at
Norwich, Vt., Academy, and was
engaged for many years in farming
in Hanover, with dairying as a™
specialty. He kept over seventy
cows, and operated a creamery,
producing butter for the Boston!
Market, with poultry and swine as]
prominent side lines. Of late he



House from that town this year,
where he is assigned to the
Forestry and Agricultural College
Committees. He was born in Wil-

jjton, October 20, 1863, son of Harris
and Caroline Ann (Greeley) Abbot,
and was educated in the public

|schools and at Gushing Academy,
Ashburnham, Mass. He is a farm-
er and land surveyor by occupation
and resides on the farm where his
grandfather and great uncle de-
veloped the potato starch manufac-
turing process more than a century
ago. He is strongly interested in
forestry as well as in music, and
has been a member and director of
the Congregational church choir
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197



he is a Republican. He has served
nine years on the town school
board, and was a member of the
N. H. Vocational Education Com-
mission, 1917-19. He is a Patron of




S. H. Abbot

Husbandry and an active member
of the N. E. Milk Producers Union,
of which he was president from
1904 to 1910.

Mr. Abbot married, November,
15, 1894, Alary Kimball of Lowell,
Mass. They have seven children :
Leonard Harris, born September
19, 1895, educated at Clark College
and Worcester Polytechnic Insti-
tute, and connected with the Smith-
sonian Institution, Washington, D.
C. ; Marion Kimball, born March 5,
1898, graduate of Keene Normal
School ; Howard Stanley, born
January 7, 1900, graduate of New
Hampshire College ; Sidney Gree-
ley, born August 19, 1903 ; Charles
Mack, born March 15, 1905; Helen,
born July 10, 1906.



Henry Kimball of Stratford, born
in Columbia, November 18, 1853,
son of Edward W. and M. Jannette
(Luey) Kimball. He was educated
in the Stratford public schools,
engaged in agriculture in early life
but has since been extensively en-
gaged in lumbering operations.

Mr. Kimball is a Methodist in
religion, and in politics an active
and life long Democrat. He has
served .several years as a member
of the school board, for twenty-four
years as a selectman, and has
represented his town in the legis-
lature at three sessions previous to
the present. In 1901 he was a
member of the State Hospital
Committee ; in 1909 on the Ways
and Means Committee, and in 1917
on the Committees on Banks and
Education. This year he is assign-
ed to Education and Retrenchment




William H. Kimball.

Among the veteran members of
the House this year is William



Gen. William H. Kimball

and Reform. He was the Demo-
cratic nominee for Senator in
District No. 1, in 1910, and for
Councilor in the Fifth District in
1918, and has been a member



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of the Democratic State Com-
mittee since 1910. He was com-
missary general of the State under
Governor Samuel D. Felker, 1913—
15. He is a member of the Knights
of Pythias and a director of the



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