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The Detroit Free Press iroin which we oopied biographioal sketohes of Representativos froin this county, and whioh omitted a sketch of our Senator, contains iu a later issue the f olio win g : J. WEBSTER CHILDS, Senator from the Fourth District (Washtenaw County) was bom in Henniker, N. H., June 16, 1826. His early boyhood was spent upon his father's farm and in the district school until the age of 16 years, when he conimenced teaching school, and soon after began fitting for college at Henniker Academy, but completed such preparation at Kimball Union Acadeniy, Meridon, N. H., paying his way by teaching school winters and by being teacher of penmanship in the academy. After finishing his preparation for college and teaching school for about two years, he removed in 1848 to Michigan and settled upon the farm he now oocupies in Augusta, Washtenaw Co. In 1849 he was elected School Inspector, which position, or Townghip Superintendent of Schools, he has held for more than twenty-five years. He has several times been elected Supervisor of his township, and also held the offioe of Justice of the Peace. He was for twelve years President of the Farmers' and Mechanica' Trade Association of Ypsilanti, Mich., and three years President of the EaĆ¼tern Michigan Agricultural Society. Mr. Childs has been for several years, and still is, ono of the Executive Committee of the Michigan State Agricultural Society, and also has been for ten years a member of the State Board of Agriculture, whioh position he still holds. He took part in the organization of the Republican party, of which party ha has ever since been an aotive member. In 1858 he was elected to the House of Representativos in the State Legislaturej was re-elected in 1860, sinoe which he has been four times elected to the State Senate, and in 1873 was chosen President pro tempore of the Senate.


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