BRIGHAM, CHARLES WESLEY. Among the early emigrants from Connecticut to Windsor county, Vermont, was Asa Brigham,
who settled in Barnard and became a 'respected citizen of that town. His family consisted of three children, as
follows: Alden, Chloe and Asa. Asa removed to the State of Iowa, where he died. Chloe married Zephaniah Sherman,
and died in Barnard, aged seventy one years. Alden Brigham was born October 28, 1796, and died April 2, 1872; he
married Lydia L. Smith; she died April 29, 1872; they had four children: Adelia (the eldest), horn August i6, 1824,
married Ebenezer Walcott, a farmer of Stockbridge; Sarah L., born September 24, 1827, married Augustus Chedell,
of Woodstock, who died while in the service of his country in the late war; Charles Wesley (the subject of this
sketch), and Dennis S., born December 9, 1834, and now living in Albany, N. Y.
Charles Wesley Brigham was born May 17, 1831. His early life was passed chiefly on his father's farm, until he
was twenty six years of age, except as he was away at school. After securing such education as was afforded by
the common schools of his neighborhood, he attended the seminary at Newbury, Vt. Soon afterward he began the study
of medicine with Dr. Virgil Watkins, of Newbury, in 1856, and followed with studies under Dr. Alpheus B. Crosby,
at Hanover (1857-58), attending at the same time the medical department of Dartmouth College, whence he graduated
in the fall of 1858. In order to still further perfect himself in his profession, by actual practice in medicine
and surgery, he spent nine months at Deer Island Hospital, Boston Harbor. His studies thus completed, he located
in Pittsfield in February, 1859, and has remained there in the enjoyment of a very successful practice ever since.
Such is the briefest review of the more prominent changes in Dr. Brigham's life, but it does not, by any means,
convey an intelligent idea of its more public and active features. He is a Republican in politics, and it sufficiently
indicates the position he has won in the confidence and esteem of his townsmen to state that he has been honored
with almost every office within their gift. He was elected town superintendent of schools several successive years,
an office which he administered with thorough efficiency, thus evincing his deep interest in the cause of education;
he was elected town treasurer several years, and also for a number of years town clerk; was selectman one year;
was elected to the General Assembly for 1867-68; was a member of the Constitutional Convention in 1870, and was
elected member of the State Senate from the county of Rutland for 1876.
The duties of these various offices, calling as they did for qualifications governing a wide range and of a high
order, have been performed by Dr. Brigham with intelligence and good judgment, and to the entire satisfaction of
Dr. Brigham's home and business life has not been confined to his profession, although his practice, extending
over a large extent of territory in a rural district, has always made a heavy demand upon his time and energies.
He has been largely interested in the lumber business for about fifteen years, first in company with Joel Ranney,
then with Edward Atwood, and now associated with George Chedell. They own and operate at the present time three
saw mills, producing annually about two million feet of lumber, one in Pittsfield and two in Chittenden; one of
the latter is run by steam power. He has also erected several dwellings in the village of Pittsfield, besides his
own residence, and has in other ways shown his interest in the prosperity of the place. Within the present year
he has opened a drugstore, a much needed institution in the town.
Dr. Brigham is a man who is chiefly characterized for sound sense, good careful judgment of men and affairs generally,
and a candid, forcible manner, which strongly impresses others with his own beliefs and theories. His foresight
in business and political affairs is clear and reliable, a quality to which may he attributed his success in life.
Dr. Brigham has been twice married, first to Mary L. Cox, daughter of George Cox, of Barnard, in February, 1859.
By her he has had one son, Frederick L., born July 7, 1862. She died August 27, 1863, in Pittsfield. He married
second Sarah L. Cox, sister of his first wife, March 20, 1864. Their only child is George A., horn November 27,
1867. Frederick is studying medicine in Dartmouth College and George A. is attending the Vermont Methodist Seminary
and Female College at Montpelier.
History of Rutland County, Vermont
Edited by: H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1886
Rutland County, VT
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