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Cabot Community History Project - CABOT'S WONDER BOY, ZERAH COLBURN, 1804-1839:
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An engraving depicting Zerah Colburn at age nine from a drawing done by F. Baily, Esq., done in London. A copy of the engraving is in the Vermont Historical Society.
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Like his father and two brothers, Zerah was born with 24 digits. His six fingers are detectable in this enlargement of his left hand.
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Zerah was exhibiting his talents at a bookstore in Montpelier according to this notice in The Watchman Thursday, May 1, 1811.
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In 1833 Zerah Colburn published a memoir which describes his adventures and Cabot students were able to purchase this rare volume for the Cabot Historical Society collection.
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In 1835, after serving for seven years as an itinerant Methodist minister, Zerah became Professor of English Literature, Latin, Greek, French and Spanish languages at Norwich University, then located at Norwich , Vermont. He died at Norwich on March 2, 1839 of consumption, the same disease that caused his father's death.
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Reverend Zerah Colburn is buried with his wife, Mary, whom he wed in 1829, at the Old Meeting House Cemetery near Norwich, Vermont.
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