Chandler Newell Thomas, born in Bangor July 8, 1834, prepared for college at Franklin Academy, graduated at
Middlebury College in 1861, taught in Castleton (Vt.) Seminary in 1861 and 1862, and in the latter year entered
Auburn Theological Seminary, where he graduated in 1865. In the same year he became pastor of the Presbyterian
church at Fort Covington, and continued in that relation for seventeen years. Mr. Thomas had a fine bass voice,
highly cultivated, and while a student at Middlebury became a member of a glee club which toured Vermont and Northern
New York, giving very popular entertainments; and while at Fort Covington he taught singing schools and organized
and conducted local musical conventions. He was active also in support of the old Northern New York Musical Association,
participating interestedly and helpfully in its affairs until the organization went out of existence, an unfortunate
and deplorable culmination, due to jealousy between its Potsdam and Malone members. Upon the conclusion of Mr.
Thomas's pastorate at Fort Covington he removed to Port Henry, where he served the church at that place for eight
years. He was located afterward at New Haven, Vt., at Bristol. Vt., and at Castle Rock, Colorado, where he died
February 2, 1908. Mr. Thomas was a trustee of Middlebury College from 1889 to 1908, and a director of the Vermont
Domestic Missionary Society in 1898. He was a devout man, a faithful minister, gratefully remembered for good works
in every community to which he ministered.
Also see John M. Thomas. (his son)
Historical Sketches of Franklin County
and its several towns.
By: Frederick J. Seaver Malone, New York.
J. B. Lyon Company, Printers Albany, NY 1918.
Franklin County, NY
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