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Townsend Haines


"Judge Townsend Haines was born in West Chester, July 7, 1792. He was educated at the common schools and at the school of Enoch Lewis. He studied law in the office of Judge Isaac Darlington, and was admitted to the bar in 1818. He took an active part in politics, and was elected to the Legislature in 1826, and re-elected for the following term. He was a Whig in politics, and in 1838 edited a political journal which was conducted in the interest of that party. He took an active part in the Presidential campaign of 1844, and in 1848 was appointed Secretary of State by Governor Johnston, but continued to practise in the Chester County courts. He was appointed Register of the United States Treasury by President Taylor in 1850, and served for eighteen months, and until he was elected judge of the courts of Chester County. In the twenty-seventh year of his age he married Anna Maria Derrick, who died about four years after the expiration of his term as judge. He died in West Chester in October, 1865.

His poems were written for recreation, and were published without revision. They are characterized by simplicity and kindly feeling, and are will set with gems of beautiful imagery."

[George Johnston (ed.), The Poets and Poetry of Chester County, Pennsylvania 89 (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1890)]