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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Kelly, James Edward 1855- (search)
Kelly, James Edward 1855- Sculptor; born in New York City, July 30, 1855; began studying art under Charles Parsons, of the art department of Harper & Brothers, in 1873, and subsequently at the Academy of Design; and in 1878 began his career as an illustrator in sculpture of personages and events prominent in American history by modelling the well-known statuette of Sheridan's ride, for which the general posed. In the following year he made a portrait bust of Thomas A. Edison with the first phonograph; and in 1882 produced the Paul Revere statue. During 1883-85 he was engaged on the five panels for the Monmouth Battle Monument, representing the Council of War at Hopewell; Ramsey defending his guns; Washington rallying his troops; Molly Pitcher; and Wayne's charge. In 1886 he completed Grant at Donelson, for which the general furnished sittings and details. For the Saratoga Monument he produced the panels, Arnold wounded in the trenches; and Schuyler transferring his plans to G
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Navigation acts. (search)
rmit American registry of foreign-built vessels, the theory being that many vessels of nations which might become involved in the struggle would seek the asylum of our flag. Actuated by powerful New York influences, which found expression through Roscoe Conkling, Edwin D. Morgan, and Hamilton Fish, already conspicuously hostile to the American merchant marine, General Grant in a special message recommended that Congress enact legislation to that end. This proposition was antagonized by Judge Kelly, of Pennsylvania —always at the front when American interests were threatened—in one of his most powerful efforts, couched in the vehement eloquence of which he was master, which impressed General Grant so much that he abandoned that policy and subsequently adhered to the existing system. I will not stop here to point out in detail the tremendous political and diplomatic advantage which England would enjoy when dealing with other maritime powers if she could have always at hand an asyl