Sarah Fabian of Phippsburg, Maine gifted to the school a photo album that was among her grandmother Burleigh’s belongings. The album was compiled of the wives of Rev. Charles Franklin Burleigh as well as classmates and teachers during his years at New Hampton Literary Institution (NHLI).
A Window Into History
The Reverend was the son of J. H. and Caroline (Tebbets) Burleigh and was born in Tuftonboro, NH on September 29, 1842. While at NHLI, he was a member of the Social Fraternity and studied the Classical Courses. He entered school in 1855 but left to serve in the Civil War in 1861 and stayed through its end in 1866. He returned to NHLI and graduated in 1868. After graduation, he became the Principal of Gilford Academy in 1871, graduated from Comer Commercial College in 1872, and entered Hovey & Fenno’s office (insurance agency) as a penman. He was ordained to the Christian ministry at the Andover Theological Seminary in 1873. He married Carrie Brown in 1865 and then Ann Eastman Lamprey (after Carrie’s death) in 1872 settling in Eden, ME.
Piecing it Together
According to Rev. Burleigh’s military record, he was 5’4” tall with brown hair and blue eyes. The first photo below shows two photos, one of him as a student on the right and the other of him later in life (perhaps after the war).
When Rev. Burleigh started at NHLI in 1855 Atwood B. Meservey was his classmate. When he returned to school after serving in the war, Meservey was the Principal of NHLI. A young Meservey is pictured on the right in the second photo beside an unknown teacher.