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Houghton, Richard Myron
Age: 23, credited to Bennington, VT
Unit(s): 14th VT INF
Service: enl 8/27/62, m/i 10/21/62, SGT, Co. A, 14th VT INF, red, Sick in Gnrl. Hosp. 7/30/63, m/o 7/30/63
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Birth: 02/23/1839, Bennington, VT
Burial: White Chapel Cemetery, Bennington, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 6/26/1877
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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White Chapel Cemetery, Bennington, VT
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R.M. HOUGHTON PASSES AWAY IN 79TH YEAR
Prominent Citizen and Life Long Democrat
VETERAN OF CIVIL WAR
Had Been Selectman and Town Representative - Overseer for Many Years
Richard M. Houghton, one of the prominent residents of this village, died at the Spencer house on Pratt street Tuesday afternoon. The deceased was 79 years of age.
Although showing the effects of increasing years, he had been able to be about until a few weeks ago. Since the death of his daughter, Ella, in August, he had failed rapidly. Not long ago he disposed of his property om School street and moved to the house where he died in order to receive the attention that his condition necessitated.
He was the son of Myron Houghton and was born on the farm in the eastern section of the town now occupied by Alfred Harbour. His entire life was passed in the town of Bennington where he was actively identified with the civic life of the community. He had served the town as selectman, had been its representative in the legislature and was the town overseer for many years.
Mr. Houghton was a democrat of the old school, a man who believed in h is party and who took an intense interest in its activities in the town, state and nation. He possessed considerable natural ability as a speaker and could always be depended upon to uphold the principles of Jeffersonand Jackson at caucuses and political gatherings.
He enlisted in Company A, of the 14th Vermont volunteer regiment in the fall of 1862 and served until the regiment was discharged.
Mr. Houghton is the last survivor of a family of six children. His wife who was Jane Bugbee died about five years ago.
The funeral will be held from the house on Pratt street Thursday afternoon at 2 O'clock, Rev. George S. Mills, pastor of the Second Congregational church, will officiate and the burial will be in the White chapel cemetery. A detail from Custer Sixth Corps post, G.A.R., of which the deceased was a member and past commander, will have charge of the service at the grave.
Source: Bennington Banner, November 14, 1917
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.