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Roswell Farnham (July 23, 1827 January 5, 1903) was a U.S. politician of the Republican Party.
He came to Vermont with his father 1840, settling at Bradford; entered the junior class University of Vermont; graduate, 1849, degree of A. M. 1852. In 1849 married Mary Elizabeth Johnson of Bradford. Taught school at Dunham, Lower Canada; was principal of Franklin Academical Institution, Franklin, Vermont; later taught at the Bradford Academy; admitted to the Orange County Bar 1857; formed partnership with Robert McK. Ormsby; began practicing independently 1859; elected states attorney 1859, and twice re-elected. He was Second lieutenant in the Bradford Guards in the 1st Regiment Vermont Volunteers; captain and lieutenant-colonel 12th Regiment Vermont Volunteers, and for nearly half the term of his service in command of the regiment. After the war resumed practice of law at Bradford; Republican candidate for representative in the Legislature, but was defeated; state senator from Orange County 1868 and 1869; delegate to the Republican national convention and presidential elector 1876; elected governor of the state in 1880 by a majority of over 25,000.