Carlton Hurd, a druggist of Newport, and the President of the Sugar River Savings Bank, was born in Newport, October 7, 1842, son of Isaac B. and Emaline (Dow) Hurd. Nathan Hurd, the great-grandfather, came from the State of Connecticut to Newport among the first settlers, taking land on which he passed the rest of his life. Levi, his son, was a tanner and shoemaker, and had one of the first tanneries in the town. Afterward Levi was engaged in farming and shoemaking, and he died at the age of seventy-three. His wife, Anna Bradley Hurd, was born in Haverhill, Mass. They were both members of the Congregational church.
Isaac B. Hurd, the father, born June 15, 1815, has spent his life in Newport, chiefly occupied in farming. He was a sturdy and industrious man and a good farmer. He retired from active occupation some time ago, and now lives in the village with his son. In politics he was a Republican, and he was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. His wife, a native of Newport, born in January, 1816, died in January, 1892. He has three children living-Carlton, Nancy, and Elizabeth.
Brought up and educated in Newport, Carlton Hurd devoted his early life to farming. At twenty-one he engaged in the drug business for Mr. Howe. Soon after he bought out his employer, since which time he has conducted the business on his own account. Mr. Hurd has a good store, and carries a full line of drugs, also stationery and fancy goods, fine candies, and so forth. On January 3, 1872, he married Mariette Garfield, a native of Charlestown, N.H. They have no children. Mr. Hurd has liberal views in religion, and attends the Methodist Episcopal church. He is a Republican, and he represented Newport in the legislature of 1895-96. He is now a Director and the President of the Sugar River Savings Bank. Farming and lumbering, followed to some extent, are also sources of income to him. A self-made, industrious, and successful man, he is highly respected in the town.