Niles, W. E., Pownal, (Pownal Center p. o), was born in the township of Pownal August 30, 1845, and is now engaged
in the general mercantile busi ness at Pownal Center. He was appointed postmaster June 1, 1876, and continued in
office until July, 1887. He was elected lister in 1876, and served five or six terms, and has been poormaster since
1878, and is now selectman. His parents were Benedict C. and Laura A. (Raymond) Niles. Mr. Niles was born in this
township February 10, 1811, and Mrs. Niles was a native of the town of Stamford. Spencer Niles came from Rhode
Island in 1790, and his son, Russell, was then ten years old. He died March 29, 1852, at the age of seventy two
years. W. E. Niles was married September 27, 1866, to Sarah McGray, of Scotch descent. They have had two children:
Benedict W., and Minnie B. Benedict W. graduated from the Drury Academy at North Adams, Mass. in 1888, and from
the Albany Law School June 23, 1889. Minnie B. graduated from the Drury Academy at North Adams in 1889.
HISTORY OF BENNINGTON COUNTY, VT
WITH ILLUSTRATIONS AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES
OF SOME OF ITS PROMINENT MEN AND PIONEERS.
LEWIS CASS ALDRICH
Bennington County, VT
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