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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Jackson, Sheldon 1834- (search)
Jackson, Sheldon 1834- Clergyman; born in Minaville, N. Y., May 18, 1834; graduated at Union College in 1855, and at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1858, and was ordained a minister in the Presbyterian Church on May 5 of the latter year. The same year he went as a missionary to the Choctaw Indians. In 1859-69 he was engaged in missionary work in western Wisconsin and southern Minnesota; in 1869-70 was superintendent of the Presbyterian missions in western Iowa, Nebraska, and the Rocky Mountain Territories; and in 1877 became superintendent of the Presbyterian missions in Alaska. In 1885 he was appointed United States general agent of education for the Territory of Alaska. In 1887 he organized at Sitka the Alaskan Society of Natural History and Ethnology; in 1884 induced Congress to grant a district organization to Alaska; in 1891 introduced reindeer into that region; and in 1898 was authorized to secure a colony of Laplanders for Alaska. He was several times a commissioner
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Alaska, (search)
er renewed......1839 [New Archangel, now Sitka, on the island of Sitka, was and is the principal settlement and capital.] Privileges of the fur company expired......1863 Ceded by Russia to the United States for $7,200,000, by treaty signed March 30 and ratified......June 20, 1867 Formal possession taken by the United States......Oct. 9, 1867 Alaska made by Congress a military and collection district......1870 Congress provides a civil government......May 17, 1884 Rev. Sheldon Jackson appointed general agent of education for the Territory......April, 1885 A. P. Swineford arrives at Sitka as governor......Sept. 15, 1885 Gold first discovered at Silver Bay, near Sitka, in......1887 Expedition sent by the United States coast and geodetic survey, under J. E. McGrath, to determine the exact boundary between Alaska and the British possessions......June, 1889 The North American Commercial Company secures the Alaskan fur-seal rights for twenty years......Feb. 2
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), District of Columbia. (search)
itish after the battle of Bladensburg......Aug. 24, 1814 Georgetown College, founded in 1789, chartered as a university......May 1, 1815 American Colonization Society, for colonizing free people of color in Liberia, founded at Washington......1817 New charter granted Washington, and mayor elected by the people......May 15, 1820 Columbian College, Washington, incorporated......1821 Corner-stone of first lock in Chesapeake and Ohio Canal laid near Georgetown in presence of President Jackson......May 29, 1829 Building of the government post-office, designed by Robert Mills, commenced......1839 United States Treasury building, designed by Robert Mills, completed......1841 United States Naval Observatory founded......1842 Congress retrocedes the 36 square miles received from Virginia......July 9, 1846 Corner-stone of the Smithsonian Institution laid......May 1, 1847 Corner-stone of the Washington Monument laid......July 4, 1848 National Soldiers' Home, 2
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Florida, (search)
y consent of the Spanish governor......August, 1814 General Jackson, with 5,000 Tennessee volunteers, captures Pensacola ay Gregor McGregor and Louis Aury......Dec. 23, 1817 General Jackson, aided by Creeks under a treaty, attacks the Seminoles Miccosukee and Fowl towns and Fort Marks......1818 General Jackson, the Spanish governor at Pensacola furnishing arms to bia, marches to Pensacola and captures it......1818 General Jackson hangs Arbuthnot and Ambrister......April 30, 1818 Eat Pensacola, Governor Callava representing Spain, and General Jackson the United States......July 21, 1821 General JacksoGeneral Jackson appointed governor of Florida on change of flags......1821 Juan P. Salas sells to John W. Simonton his title to Key Westm the Spanish government in 1815......Dec. 20, 1821 General Jackson in west, and Captain Hanham in East Florida, wrest pdian Territory......March 28, 1834 Proclamation of President Jackson announcing the ratification of the treaty of Payne's