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232.30/403.26 Col. John Henry Clifford| John Henry Clifford (1809-76) was
born in Providence, Rhode Island, and graduated from Brown University in 1827.
After reading law in the New Bedford, Massachusetts, office of Timothy Coffin,
Clifford was admitted to the bar in 1830 and began practicing there. He soon established
an extensive business. In 1835 he was elected to the state legislature and
became closely associated with Governor Edward Everett. In 1839 the governor
appointed him district attorney for southern Massachusetts, where he remained until
elevated to attorney general in 1849. In 1853 and 1854 he served as governor
from the Whig ticket. after which he returned to the post of attorney general. Clifford
became a devoted Republican. He vigorously supported Abraham Lincoln
during the Civil War and was regularly consulted hy President Ulysses S. Grant.
From 1867 until his death he served as president of the Boston and Providence
Railroad. ACAB. 1: 657; NCAB, 1:116; DAB, 4:215-16.


233.1/404.27 Bristol county Bristol County, located in southeast Massachusetts,
in the towns of Fall River, New Bedford, and Taunton. Cohen, Columbia
Gazetteer of the World, 1: 436.

233.37-38/405.28-29 "Ethiopia .. . God." A slight misquotation of Ps. 68:31;
God."

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