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   HON. FRANCIS A. HYATT of the town of Fenner was born August 5, 1828, in Ridgefield, Fairfield County, Conn., and came with his parents to Madison County in 1832. He is a son of Aaron S. and Electa (Keeler) Hyatt. The family is of English origin. Thomas Hyatt settled at Stamford, Conn., in 1641. and was the founder of this branch of the name in America. The subject of our sketch began business life on a farm in 1850, and has since resided in Fenner. He was elected Town Clerk in 1836, serving several terms: Justice of the Peace in 1859, and held that office eight years; was elected Road Commissioner, but declined to serve; was Member of Assembly in 1861, and again represented the district, in the Legislature of 1872. He was a delegate to the Republican State Conventions of 1861, 1872, 1881, and 1882. For more than twenty years he has been a Notary Public, and is often employed in the settlement of estates.
   Mr. Hyatt has membership with Sullivan Lodge, No. 148, A. F. & A. M. He is one of the best known men of Madison County, a representative citizen, and, although in a measure retired from active public duties, is still thoroughly interested in everything that pertains to the general welfare, and, while courteous and liberal in his attitude toward the opinions of others, holds firmly his own views.

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