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Eaton, John Henry (18 June 1790–17 November 1856), politician and diplomat, was born in Halifax County, North Carolina, the son of John Eaton, a carriage maker and state assemblyman, and Elizabeth (maiden name unknown). Eaton attended the University of North Carolina in 1803–1804 and then studied law. Circa 1809 he moved to Franklin, Tennessee, where he inherited nearly 5,000 acres of land from his father and became a prosperous planter and lawyer. He married Myra Lewis, a ward of ...

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Medary, Samuel (25 February 1801–07 November 1864), editor, politician, and territorial governor of Minnesota and Kansas, was born in Montgomery Square, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, the son of Jacob Medary, a farmer, and Mercy Bennett, a member of the Society of Friends. He attended an academy in Norristown, where he wrote poetry for a local newspaper and taught intermittently in a nearby Quaker school to pay for his education. After spending five years in Montgomery County, Maryland, and Georgetown, District of Columbia, he settled in Batavia, Ohio, in 1825 and was elected county surveyor, county auditor, and a school trustee. He married Eliza Scott in 1823; they had twelve children....