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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Field, Stephen Johnson 1816-1899 (search)
Field, Stephen Johnson 1816-1899 Jurist; born in Haddam, Conn., Nov. 4, 1816; brother of Cyrus West and David Dudley Field; graduated at Williams College, in 1837; studied law and was admitted to the Stephen Johnson field. bar in 1841. He went to San Francisco in 1849 and opened a law office, but got no clients. In 1850 he settled in Yubaville (afterwards Marysville), which in January of that year had been founded at Nye's Ranch. He was soon made justice of the peace, and for a time was the entire government. In the autumn of 1850 he was elected a member of the first legislature under the State constitution. As a member of the judiciary committee he drew up a code for the government of the State courts, and prepared civil, criminal, and mining laws, which were later generally adopted in the new Western States. In 1857 he was elected a justice of the Supreme Court of California, for the term of six years, but before his term began a vacancy occurred in the court and he was
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Freedmen's Bureau. (search)
d eleven assistant commissioners, all army officers; namely—for the District of Columbia, Gen. John Eaton, Jr.; Virginia, Col. O. Brown; North Carolina, Col. E. Whittlesey; South Carolina and Georgia, Gen. R. Sexton; Florida, Col. T. W. Osborne; Alabama, Gen. W. Swayne; Louisiana, first the Rev. T. W. Conway, and then Gen. A. Baird; Texas, Gen. E. M. Gregory; Mississippi, Col. S. Thomas; Kentucky and Tennessee, Gen. C. B. Fisk, Missouri and Arkansas, Gen. J. W. Sprague. The bureau took under its charge the freedmen, the refugees, and the abandoned lands in the South, for the purpose of protecting the freedmen and the refugees in their rights, and returning the lands to their proper owners. In this work right and justice were vindicated. To make the operations of the bureau more efficient and beneficent, an act was passed (Feb. 19, 1866) for enlarging its powers. President Johnson interposed his veto, but it became a law, and performed its duties well so long as they were require
did so, within the hearing and presence of the Legislature. Connecticut Courant, No. 483. This was succeeded by the cry of Liberty and Property, and three cheers; soon after which the people, than whom better men never walked in glory behind the plough, having done their work thoroughly, rode home to their several villages. There the Calvinist ministers nursed the flame of piety and the love of civil freedom. Of that venerable band, none did better service than the American-born Stephen Johnson, the sincere and fervid pastor of the first church of Lyme. Bute, Bedford, and Grenville, said he to the people, will be had in remembrance by Americans as an abomination, execration, and curse. As the result of all, these measures tend to a very fatal civil war; and France and Spain would make advantage of the crisis. If they chap. XVI.} 1765. Sept. are pursued, the dear patrimony of our fathers must pass to taskmasters here, or the men of ease and wealth in Great Britain, who hav