Orren Osgood, a substantial farmer of Newport, was born there, June 22, 1818, son of Lemuel and Hannah (Spaulding) Osgood. His grandfather, William Osgood, one of the early settlers of the district, took up a farm and built a log house when the place was still a part of the wilderness and was infested by bears. The log house was destroyed by fire, and another wooden structure was built, in which the family afterward lived. The same building is now standing, and is used as a wagon-house at the present time. William was industrious and persevering, and added fifty acres to the farm before his death. He had a wife, Priscilla, who bore him seven children-William, Susanna, James, Priscilla, Lemuel, Lydia, and Mathias. James Osgood took part in the War of 1812. His father, William, fought in the Revolution, and was in the battle of Ticonderoga. His death occurred at the age of seventy-five years.
Lemuel Osgood was also a farmer, and inherited the old place, to which he added land and improvements. His entire life of ninety-three years, with the exception of a few months, was spent in Newport. His wife died Hannah died at the age of fifty. Lucy S., born in 1823, October 25, lives with her brother on the old homestead.
Orren Osgood inherited the old home, which is located upon a beautiful site. Here he has followed general farming throughout his active period. He has never married; and he shares his home with his sister, Miss Lucy S. Osgood. The farm now contains two hundred acres of well-improved land. He is a liberal in religious belief and a Republican in politics. He represented his district in 1870 and 1871, and has held other minor offices.