Dunton, Charles Howard
Age: 18, credited to Underhill, VTVITALS
Birth: 1844, Underhill, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
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Charles H. Dunton
Dunton, Charles H., of Poultney, son of Elijah and Mary Ann (French) Dunton, was born in Underhill, Jan. 24, 1844.
He received his preparatory education at the New Hampton Institute, at Fairfax, and was graduated from the University of Vermont in the class of 1870. He then for a year supplied the Methodist church at Johnson, and in 1871-'72 took a post-graduate course at the Boston University. Having been admitted to the Troy conference of the Methodist Episcopal church, for two years he discharged the duties of pastor at Manchester and East Dorset. In 1874 he was elected a teacher of natural science in the Troy Conference Academy, at Poultney, an institution which, after some years of suspension, was at that time reopened. After serving three years in this subordinate capacity. he was elected principal of the institution in 1877. This position he has occupied ever since, spending most of his summer vacations in travelling abroad, and among the states.
As a social leader and popular educator, Dr. Dunton is too well known for comment. He has placed the Troy Conference Academy in the first ranks of the schools of the state.
In his political views he is Republican, but his lifework and energies have been more especially devoted to his professional duties. In 1883 he was one of the state representatives to the interstate convention held at Louisville, Ky., which originated the Blair bill. Three years after this time he received the degree of D. D. from Syracuse University, and for a long period has, by successive appointments, been state examiner of normal schools.
Dr. Dunton was married at Johnson, June 26, 1872, to Nettie W., the accomplished daughter of Judge Samuel and Flavilla (Waterman) Belding.
In his denomination, Dr. Dunton is without question the foremost man in the state, and his own reputation and that of his school are of such a character that words of commendation are superfluous. His untiring energy and great educational ability have met with well-merited success in the chosen walk of life to which he has devoted so much intelligent and industrious effort.
In 1892 he was a member of the General Conference of the M. E. Church.
In the civil war he proved his patriotism by enlisting in Co. F, 13th Vt. Regt., and after six months of creditable service, was honorably discharged on account of physical disability.
Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, pp. 115.