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Princeton, the On Feb. 28, 1845, President Tyler lost two of his most trusted cabinet ministers by an accident. The President and all his cabinet, many members of Congress, and other distinguished citizens, with several ladies, were on board the United States steam ship-of-war Princeton, on a trial-trip down the Potomac from Washington. When they were opposite Mount Vernon one of the largest guns of the Princeton, in firing a salute, burst, scattering its deadly fragments around. The Secretary of State, Abel P. Upshur, and Secretary of the Navy, T. W. Gilmer, and David Gardiner, of New York, were killed. No one else was seriously injured.
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Upshur, Abel Parker 1790- (search)
Upshur, Abel Parker 1790- Statesman; born in Northampton county, Va., June 17, 1790; admitted to the bar in 1810; practised in-Richmond, Va., in 1810-24; judge of the General Court of Virginia in 1829-41; Secretary of the Navy in 1841-43. In the latter year he succeeded Daniel Webster as Secretary of State. He published Brief inquiry into the true nature and character of our federal government; Review of Judge Joseph story's commentaries on the Constitution. He was killed with several others on the Potomac River, near Washington, by the explosion of a large wrought-iron gun on the United States steamer Princeton, the discharge of which he was witnessing, Feb. 28, 1844.