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date: 19 September 2019

Maynard, Horacelocked

(30 August 1814–03 May 1882)
  • Hans L. Trefousse

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Maynard, Horace (30 August 1814–03 May 1882), congressman and postmaster general of the United States, was born in Westboro, Massachusetts, the son of Ephraim Maynard, a wheelwright, and Diane Cogswell. His father was a lifelong resident of Westboro, and both parents were members of old Puritan families. Graduated in 1838 from Amherst College as valedictorian, young Maynard moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, to accept a position as tutor in the preparatory department of East Tennessee College (now the University of Tennessee). In 1840 he married Laura Ann Washburn; they had seven children. In 1841 he was promoted to professor of mathematics and natural and moral philosophy at the university, but he left academics to study law with Judge Ebenezer Alexander. Admitted to the bar in 1844, Maynard soon established an enviable reputation in his profession....

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