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Daniel B. Veazey, clerk of the circuit court of Jefferson County, was
born in Rockingham County, N. H., January 4, 1842, and is the eldest in
a family of four children born to Jonathan and Sarah J. (Barber) Veazey
natives of the same county, and born, respectively, about the years 1818 
and 1819.  The parents removed to Jefferson County about 1867, and settled 
in Plattin Township, where they still live; the father is of English descent, 
and has been a life long farmer.  Daniel B. received a good education, 
attending Philip's Exeter Academy one year, and spending nearly two years 
at the New London Academy, a part of the time being engaged in teaching.  
In 1861 he enlisted in Company A, Third Regiment Vermont Volunteer Infantry, 
and served on detached service one year, on the engineer corps, in the Army 
of the Potomac; he then served one year as ordnance sergeant, when he was 
promoted to the rank of lieutenant, in which capacity he served until after 
the battle of the Wilderness, when he was made assistant provost marshal, 
in the Second Division, Sixth Corps; he held the latter position until July, 
1864, and upon his term of enlistment expiring he was discharged, having 
participated in every battle fought by that army.  Upon his return home he
spent another year at the Exeter Academy, and then took a course at the
Commercial College, of Poughkeepsie, N. Y.  He then spent a few months as 
traveling salesman for Samuel Page & Son, of Boston, and in 1866 he went 
to St. Louis, where he engaged as a traveling salesman for the wholesale 
dry goods firm of W. H. Benton & Co., for one year.  He then located in 
Jefferson County, where he farmed and taught school until 1874, and the 
following four years traveled for D. Appleton & Co.  From 1878 to 1883 
he was employed by Van Antwerp, Bragg & Co., and from 1884 to 1886 was 
principal of Crystal City public schools.  He was elected clerk of the 
circuit court of Jefferson County in 1886, which office he has since 
filled with credit to himself, and to the honor of his county. December 
26, 1866, occurred his marriage to Miss Louise H., daughter of John Mackay, 
of Orange County, N. Y.  To this union have been born five children.  Mr. 
Veazey's ancestors were Whigs.  He cast his first presidential vote, in 
1864, for Lincoln, and has since been identified with the Republican party; 
he is a member of the Masonic fraternity, of the A. O. U. W., and belongs 
to the Baptist Church.  Mrs. Veazey is an Episcopalian.