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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Hildreth, Richard 1807-1865 (search)
Hildreth, Richard 1807-1865 Historian; born in Deerfield, Mass., June 22, 1807; graduated at Harvard College in 1829; studied and practised law and wrote for newspapers and magazines until 1832, when he began to edit the Boston Atlas. In the course of many years Mr. Hildreth wrote several books and pamphlets, chiefly on the subject of slavery, to which system he was opposed. He resided on a plantation in the South in 1834-35; in Washington, D. C., as correspondent of the Atlas, in 1837-3Atlas, in 1837-38, when he resumed his editorial post on that paper; and resided in Demerara, British Guiana, from 1840 to 1843, when he edited, successively, two newspapers there. Mr. Hildreth's principal work was a History of the United States, in 6 volumes (1849-56). He was one of the editors of the New York Tribune for several years. In 1861 President Lincoln appointed him United States consul at Trieste, but failing health compelled him to resign the post. and he died in Florence, Italy, July 11, 1865
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Tanner, Henry S. 1786-1858 (search)
Tanner, Henry S. 1786-1858 Cartographer; born in New York City in 1786; brother of Benjamin Tanner; settled in Philadelphia early in life; returned to New York in 1850. His maps include the New American Atlas; The world; Map of the United States of Mexico; Map of Philadelphia; and Map of the United States of America. He was also the author of Memoir on the recent surveys in the United States; View of the Valley of the Mississippi; American traveller; Central traveller; New picture of Philadelphia; and Description of the canals and railroads of the United States. He died in New York City in 1858.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Viele, Egbert Ludovickus 1825- (search)
neer; born in Waterford, N. Y., June 17, 1825; graduated at West Point in 1847; served through a portion of the war against Mexico. He resigned in 1853, and was appointed State engineer of New Jersey. In 1857 he was engineer-in-chief of the Central Park (N. Y.) commission, and, in 1860, of Prospect Park, Brooklyn. In August, 1861, he was commissioned a brigadier-general of volunteers, and accompanied the expedition to Port Royal. In the siege of Fort Pulaski he was in command of the investing forces; and he led the advance in the capture of Norfolk, of which place he was made military governor in August, and remained so until his resignation in October, 1863. Since then he has been a civil engineer in New York City. He became a park commissioner in New York City in 1883, and a Democratic member of Congress in 1884. He is author of a Hand-book for active service; Reports on the Central Park; Topographical survey of New Jersey; A topographical Atlas of the City of New York, etc.