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ANDREW JACKSON DAVIS: spiritualist; b. Orange Co., N. Y., 1826; developed extraordinary clairvoyant powers, 1843. Although uninstructed, he was able to discourse fluently upon medical, psychological, and general subjects. In 1845, while clairvoyant, he dictated his most famous work,— “The Principles of Nature, Her Divine Revelations, and a Voice to Mankind”.

ASABEL: antiquary; b. Mass., 1761; author of “The Discovery of America by the Northmen” (1840), and “Ancient America and Researches of the East” (N. Y., 1847).

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: soldier; b. Alabama, 1832; grad. U. S. Military Academy, 1854, and distinguished himself in both the infantry and cavalry service in New Mexico. In 1862 he became Colonel of the 8th New York Cavalry, and was instantly killed while commanding a brigade at Beverly Ford, Va.

BYRON BENNETT: surgeon; b. Fayette, Wis., 1859; studied at Univ. of Berlin; located in Omaha, Neb., 1894, where he was chief surgeon of Im­manuel Hospital and, for many years, professor at the Univ. of Nebraska College of Medicine.

CAROLINE E.: author; b. Northwood, N. H., 1831; wrote numerous Sunday-School library books, including four volumes of “The Child’s Bible Stories

CHARLES: lawyer; b. Mansfield, Conn., 1789; descended from Puritans who emigrated from England early in the 17th century and settled in Mans­field; grad. Middlebury College, 1811; admitted to bar, 1814; edited “Vermont Mirror”, which opposed the war of 1812. From 1841 till 1845 he was U. S. District Attorney of Vermont, and in 1845 he was elected Judge of probate for district of Caledonia, and re-elected in 1846. Later he was a representative in the State Legislature.

CHARLES AUGUSTUS: merchant; b. New York, 1795; was in iron trade for several years with Sidney Brooks; wrote brilliantly and intelligently, and was a close friend of many literary men of his day.
CHARLES HENRY STANLEY: physician; b. Goshen, Conn., 1840; mem. of the Conn. State Legislature, 1873, 1884—85; one of the founders of the American Philological Society, 1864; mem. of numerous medical and historical societies.

CUSHMAN KELLOGG: LL.D.; senator; b. Henderson, N. Y., 1838; elected to Minnesota Legislature, 1866; was U. S. District Attorney and, in 1873, was elected Governor; U. S. Senator, 1887.

DANIEL: soldier; appointed Lt.-Col. of New York Volunteers, 1812, and Brigadier-General, 1814; killed at head of his brigade in the sortie from Fort Erie.

DANIEL: lawyer; b. Barnstable, Mass., 1762; U. S. District-Attorney for Maine, 1796—1801.

DAVID: LL.D.; jurist; b. Cecil Co., Md., 1815; elected to State Legislature of Illinois, 1844; mem. of convention that formed state constitution, 1847; Judge of Eight Judicial Circuit of state, 1848; and re-elected twice; president of the U. S. Senate, 1881.

EDWIN HAMILTON: archaeologist; b. Ross Co., 0., 1811; collected Indian mound-relics and opened more than two hundred mounds; author of “Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley”.

JOHN WOODBRIDGE: s. of Edwin Hamilton; civil engineer; b. New York City, 1854; grad. Columbia Univ., 1878; author of important engineering text­book; founded and became principal of the Woodbridge School in New York.

JOSEPH SLOCUM: bro. of Edwin Hamilton; lawyer; b. Pickaway Co., 0., 1812; grad. Kenyon, 1835; settled in Mount Vernon where he practiced law; was twice elected Judge and held other national and local offices.

WERTER RENICK: bro. of Edwin Hamilton; M.D. and clergyman; b. Circleville, 0., 1815; educated at Kenyon College; was professor, McKendree College, 1854—58, president of Baker University, and held important military and state offices.

EMERSON: clergyman; b. Ware, Mass., 1798; grad. Williams Coll., 1821, and was president there, 186 1—68; author of several historical works, including “The Half Century” (Boston, 1851).

GARRETT: senator; b. Mount Sterling, Ky., 1801; served in State Legis­lature and in Congress; was close friend of Henry Clay.

AMOS: bro. of Garrett; lawyer; b. Mount Sterling; mem. of the State Legislature and the U. S. Congress.

GEORGE THOMAS: lawyer; b. Sandwich, Mass., 1810; grad. Harvard, 1829; established “Franklin Mercury”, 1832, and conducted it until 1836; mem. of the Mass. Senate and of Congress. His brilliant conversation won the admiration of Thackeray, and his “Speeches in Congress” were published (Washington, 1852).

HENRY: D.D.; clergyman; b. East Hampton, N. Y., 1771. His ancestors were from Kidderminster, Eng., and parishioners of Richard Baxter. He settled in New Haven, Conn., and East Hampton; was professor of Greek, Union College, 1806—09, and, later, president of Hamilton College.

THOMAS T.: s. of Henry; lawyer; b. Middlebury, Vt., 1810; grad. Hamil­ton Coll., 1831; admitted to Syracuse bar, 1833; elected to Congress, 1862, and re-elected.
HENRY WINTER: statesman; b. Annapolis, Md., 1817; served in Congress for several terms,—a turbulent career marked by unswerving honesty and refusal to bow to a party machine.

ISAAC: soldier; b. 1745; Captain of the Acton Minute-Men, whom he led against the British at Concord Bridge, saying, “I have not a man that is afraid to go”. He was killed by the first volley fired.

ISAAC: LL.D.; lawyer; b. Northborough, Mass., 1799; grad. Brown, 1822; studied law, practicing in Worcester, Mass., and rising to great eminence; Mayor of Worcester and, for eleven years, mem. of the Mass. Senate.

JEFFERSON: statesman; b. Christian Co., Ky., 1808; became a cotton planter, and took his seat in Congress in 1845 but resigned in 1846 to become Colonel of the 1st Mississippi Volunteer Rifles; later served in the Senate of the United States. He was elected president of the Confederate States, Feb. 9, 1861, and after the war was imprisoned for two years, later to be discharged without trial. Undoubtedly he was one of the greatest men of his time. A leader of whom the South could well be proud.

JOSEPH EMORY: lawyer; b. near Augusta, Ga., 1784; prominent in the early government of his state; noted for his benevolence to the many young people who were indebted to him for a liberal education.

JEFFERSON, C.: soldier; b. Clark Co., Md., 1828; was descended from famous fighting Kentuckians, and received many promotions for gallant service in the Civil War. In 1873, after the murder of Gen. Canby by the Modoc Indians in Northern California, he took command of the forces operating against them, and compelled them to surrender unconditionally.

JOHN: clergyman; b. Pennepek, Pa., 1721; pastor of Winter Run Church, Harford Co., Md., the first permanently established church of his denomina­tion in the state; established flourishing churches in Baltimore, Frederick City, and elsewhere.

JOHN: clergyman; b. Newcastle Co., Del., 1737; pastor, 2nd Baptist Church, Boston, Mass.; d. 1772, near Wheeling, West Virginia.

JOHN: jurist; h. Plymouth, Mass., 1761; grad. Harvard, 1781; youngest delegate at the convention of 1789, which adopted the Federal Constitution, and the last one to die; mem. of the Mass. Legislature and Senate; president Mass. Historical Society, 1818—43.

JOHN: statesman; b. Northborough, Mass., 1787; mem. of Congress, 1824, and several terms thereafter; served as Governor of Mass., and as U. S. Senator.

JOHN CHANDLER BANCROFT: diplomat; b. Worcester, Mass., 1822; s. of John, statesman; succeeded John R. Brodhead as secretary of the legation, 1849; served in various high state offices and, in 1871, received the appoint­ment of Minister to the German Empire; was Judge of the U. S. Court of Claims, Washington, D. C., and reporter of the U. S. Supreme Court.

HASBROUCK: soldier, bro. of John Chandler Bancroft; b. Worcester, 1827; brevetted Brigadier-General at close of Civil War; elected City Attorney for Chicago; lost on the steamer Cambria, on a voyage to Europe, 1870.

JOHN: s. of Hasbrouck; b. Newton, Mass., 1851; studied at Univs. of Heidelberg, Berlin, and Paris; held various posts in diplomatic service and
claims commission; appointed Judge of the U. S. Court of Claims, 1885.

HORACE: bro. of Hasbrouck; manufacturer; b. Worcester, Mass., 1831; grad., Harvard, 1849, and went to California, 1852; represented San Francisco in Congress, 1877—1881.

ANDREW MCFARLAND: bro. of Hasbrouck; antiquarian and author; b. Worcester, 1833; admitted to bar, 1859; removed to California and wrote many articles for newspapers and magazines.

JOHN A. G.: jurist; b. Middlesex Co., Va., 1801; educated at William and Mary College; practiced law in Albemarle Co.; edited a weekly journal at Charlottesville; professor of law, University of Va., 1803.

JOHN LEE: naval officer; b., Carlisle, Ind.1825; promoted to Commodore of the North Atlantic blockading squadron, 1882: commanded the Asiatic station, 1883—86, and on Oct. 30, 1885, received his commission as Rear-Admiral.

JOHN W.: statesman; b. Cumberland Co., Pa., 1799; served in House of Representatives and in the U. S. Congress; was U. S. Commissioner to China, 1848—50, Governor of Oregon, 1853—54, and in 1852 presided over the Baltimore convention that nominated Franklin Peirce for the presidency.

L. CLARK: journalist; b. near Sandusky, 0., 1835; managed the Phila­delphia Inquirer from 1869 until his death.

MATTHEW L.: author; b. 1766; was the intimate friend and associate of Aaron Burr, whom he supported in his candidacy for the presidency; author of “Memoirs of Aaron Burr, with Miscellaneous Correspondence” (N. Y., 1836—37) and editor of “Burr’s Private Journal during his Residence in Europe”.

NATHAN SMIIH: physician; b. Greene, Chenango Co., N. Y., 1817; for many years associated with the Rush Medical School of Chicago; president of the International Medical Congress, 1886; dean of the faculty of the Chicago Medical College.

NELSON HENRY: soldier; b. Oxford, Mass., 1821; grad. U. S. Military Academy, 1846, and assigned to 3rd Infantry; fought in Mexican war; later became Major and Assistant Inspector-General, serving in the Army of the Potomac until the autumn of 1863, and received the brevet of Lieutenant- Colonel for gallantry at Gettysburg; retired with rank of Brigadier-General.

NOAH: jurist; b. Haverhill, N. H., 1818; appointed Justice of N. Y. Supreme Court, 1857, and twice re-elected; served as a mem. of Congress.

NOAH KNOWLES: LL.D.; educator; b. Phila. 1830; elected president of Bethel College, Russellville, Ky., 1868.

PAULINA (WRIGHT): reformer; b. Bloomfield, N. Y., 1813; in., 1849, Thomas Davis, of Providence, who was a M.C., 1853—55. For thirty-five years she labored zealously to promote the rights of women, established the “Una”, first woman-suffrage paper, and gave lectures in the principal cities of the United States.

REUBEN: lawyer; b. Tullahoma, Tenn., 1813; appointed Judge of the High Court of Appeals, 1842; mem. of the House of Representatives of Missis­sippi, and was elected to Congress from that state.
RICHARD BINGHAM: poet; b. New York City, 1771; educated at Columbia Univ.; became editor of the Diary, a daily gazette, 1796; the author of much poetry.

RICHARD HARDING: author and playwright; b. Phila., 1864; s. of Lemuel Clarke, editor of the Inquirer; worked as a reporter on metropolitan dailies, exposing many frauds and political abuses. His numerous stories were highly praised, and he was honored by decorations from the rulers of Venezuela, Turkey, Egypt, and Russia.

SYLVANUS: pioneer; bought land from the Indians in Damariscotta, Me., 1659; resided at Sheepscott; was severely wounded while making his escape from Fort Arowsic, and was captured by the Indians, August, 1676. He commanded Fort Loyal, Falmouth, and his account of the conduct of the war is preserved in the Massachusetts historical collections.

THOMAS FREDERICK: D.D.; clergyman; b. Wilmington, N. C., 1804; grad. Univ. of N. C., 1822; ordained deacon in Wilmington by Bishop Ives, 1831; later elected Bishop of the diocese.

WILLIAM BRAMWEL: physician; b. Cincinnati, 1832; grad. Miami Medical College, 1855, and later became professor there. During the Civil War he was surgeon of the 137th Regiment of Ohio Volunteers, and surgeon at West End Military Hospital in Cincinnati.

WOODBURY: jurist; b. Standish, Me., 1818; began practice of law in Portland, and was there elected Judge of the Supreme Court; took an active interest in temperance reform, was an anti-slavery worker, and one of the founders of the Republican Party.



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