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his own home, he was contented to remain the prop of his father's old age, and the bond between the two was unusually close. Benjamin, Jr., died in 1807, and his son Dudley crept into his father's place in the grandfather's heart. With the building of the bridges, and the continuation of Middlesex canal to Boston, the trade of Medford declined. Lightering, which for a century had been carried on with profit, was at an end. As the old business died, a new interest—ship-building Thatcher Magoun laid the first keel in Medford in 1802.—sprang into being, and a new era began. Benjamin Hall was a stanch Federalist. In fact, the whole town was unanimous in the support of that party. In the campaigns between Jefferson and Adams, Medford went solidly for the Massachusetts man. Mr. Hall was a delegate to the electoral college which made John Adams president. The personal popularity of Governor Brooks caused the town to follow his leadership in politics as long as he lived, b