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Names of the town-clerks.

J. Wade1674.
Stephen Willis1675.
John Bradstreet1701.
Stephen Willis1708.
Thomas Tufts1718.
William Willis1719.
Benjamin Willis1721.
William Willis1726.
Ebenezer Brooks, jun1728.
Benjamin Willis1730.
Thomas Seccomb1745.
Willis Hall1767.
Richard Hall1770.
Benjamin Hall, jun1783.
Andrew Hall1792.
Nathaniel Hall1794.
Samuel Swan1796.
Nathaniel Hall1797.
Luther Stearns1803.
Nathaniel Hall1806.
Abner Bartlett1810.
Jonathan Porter1819.
Abner Bartlett1820.
William Rogers1826.
Abner Bartlett1827.
William D. Fitch1834.
Oliver Blake1836.
Joseph P. Hall1846.

Governor Brooks.

I would close this account of the civil history of Medford with a biographical notice of our most distinguished civilian; and, lest the bias of a life-long veneration, or the pride of near blood relationship, should tempt me to eulogies beyond desert, I have judged it most proper to take the account given by Dr. John Dixwell, of Boston, Vice-President of the Massachusetts Medical Society, who knew him well:--

John Brooks was born in Medford, Massachusetts, in May, 1752. His father, Capt. Caleb Brooks, was a respectable farmer, much esteemed and beloved by his friends and neighbors. His mother was a woman of superior personal charms, and of remarkable talents, for one of her advantages and station in life. She early discovered in her son those faculties which were destined to raise him from the plough to the first station in society, and was solicitous to place him where he might cultivate them to advantage. We are probably much indebted to this excellent woman for the

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