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 George Washington Heard

 From: Necrology of Alumni of Harvard College, 1851-52 to 1862-63; Author, Joseph Palmer, Pub. 1864; p. 458:

*Contributed by Brian Bivona

George Washington Heard died in Ipswich, Mass., 21 April 1863, age 70 years.  He was the son of John and Sarah (Staniford) Heard, and was born in Ipswich 5 February 1793.  He began to fit for collect under the instruction of Rev. Asahel Huntington (D. C. 1786), of Topsfield, Mass. and completed his preparatory studies at Phillips Academy in Andover.  After leaving collect he studied medicine with Dr. John Gorham of Boston.  (H. C. 1801) and received his degree of M. D. in 1815, but did not enter upon the practice of his profession.  He engaged in business as a distiller in Ipswich, which had been his father's occupation.  After pursuing this occupation for several years he abandoned it, from conscientious motives, and removed to Boston where in 1837 he entered into partnership with James Haughton, under the firm of James Haugton & Co., dealers in dry goods.  This partnership continued until 1844 when Mr. Heard withdrew.  He returned to Ipswich and engaged in agricultural pursuits, which he continued during the remainder of his life.  He was much respected in his native town; was noted for his courtesy, kind feelings and private liberality; and the families of volunteers in the war had reason to be thankful for his unostentatious donations for this relief.  In 1862 he was elected a representative to the state legislature from Ipswich, but did not take his seat; having been obliged to resign it on account of ill health.  He married on 6 November 1823, Elizabeth Ann Farley, daughter of Robert Farley of Ipswich.  The issue of this marriage was four sons and one daughter.  The sons and their mother survived him.

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