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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Curtis, Benjamin Robbins 1809-1874 (search)
Curtis, Benjamin Robbins 1809-1874 Jurist; born in Watertown, Mass., Nov. 4, 1809; graduated at Harvard in 1829; admitted to the bar in 1832; appointed to the United States Supreme Court in 1851; resigned in 1857, when he returned to Boston; was one of the counsel for President Johnson during the impeachment trial. He died in Newport, R. I., Sept. 15, 1874.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Cushing, William Barker 1843-1874 (search)
Cushing, William Barker 1843-1874 Naval officer; born in Delafield, Wis., Nov. 4, 1843; entered the navy in 1857; resigned, and was reappointed in 1861. He performed exploits remarkable for coolness and courage during the war, the most notable of which was the destruction of the Confederate ram Albemarle (q. v.) at Plymouth, N. C. For this he received a vote of thanks from Congress. In 1868-69 he commanded (as lieutenant-commander) the steamer Maumee in the Asiatic squadron. He died in Washington, D. C., Dec. 17, 1874. Destruction of the Albemarle. The following handsome tribute to Cushing and detailed narrative of his famous William Barker Cushing. exploit were penned by Admiral David D. Porter, in a private letter under date of Nov. 21, 1888: I like to talk and write about Cushing. He was one of those brave spirits developed by the Civil War who always rose to the occasion. He was always ready to undertake any duty, no matter how desperate, and he generally suc
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Davis, Cushman Kellogg, 1838- (search)
Davis, Cushman Kellogg, 1838- Statesman; born in Henderson, N. Y., June 16, 1838; Cushman Kellogg Davis. graduated at the University of Michigan in 1857; studied law and began practice in Waukesha, Wis. During the Civil War he served three years in the Union army. In 1865 he removed to St. Paul, Minn. He was a member of the Minnesota legislature in 1867; United States district attorney for Minnesota in 1868-73; governor of Minnesota in 1874-75; and elected to the United States Senate in 1887, 1893, and 1899. For several years he was chairman of the Senate committee on foreign relations, and familiarity with the international affairs of the United States led to his appointment as a member of the commission to negotiate peace with Spain after the war of 1898. He published The law in Shakespeare. He died in St. Paul, Nov. 27, 1900.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Davis, John Chandler Bancroft, 1822- (search)
Davis, John Chandler Bancroft, 1822- statesman; born in Worcester, Mass., Dec. 29, 1822; graduated at Harvard in 1840; appointed secretary of the United States legation in London in 1849; and assistant Secretary of State in 1869, which post he resigned in 1871 to represent the United States at the Geneva court of arbitration on the Alabama claims. He was appointed United States minister to Germany in 1874, judge of the United States court of claims in 1878, and reporter of the United States Supreme Court in 1883. He is the author of The case of the United States laid before the tribunal of arbitration at Geneva; Treaties of the United States, with notes, etc.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Dewey, Melvil, 1851- (search)
Dewey, Melvil, 1851- Librarian; born in Adams Centre, N. Y., Dec. 10, 1851; graduated at Amherst in 1874; edited the Library journal in 1876-81; became director of the New York State Library in 1888; is author of Decimal classification and Relative Index; Library School Rules, etc.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), District of Columbia, (search)
ational capital. In connection with this event was a curious proceeding. A free negro of the District, who had bought and paid for his slave wife, she and her children being, by the slave code, his lawful slaves, claimed and received compensation for her and her half-dozen children. In 1871, the District was organized as a Territory with a territorial form of government. So extravagant, however, were the expenditures made for public improvements by the officials of the Territory, that in 1874 Congress repealed the act creating the Territory, and invested the executive powers of the municipality in three commissioners—two civilians and a United States engineer officer— appointed by the President. All legislative powers were assumed by Congress. The law provided was the common law of England, modified by acts of Congress. There is a supreme court of six justices, with other tribunals and officials. The expenses of the municipality are defrayed one-half by revenues from taxes lev
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Dixon, William Hepworth, 1821-1879 (search)
Dixon, William Hepworth, 1821-1879 Author; born in Yorkshire, England, June 30, 1821; was mostly self-educated. He visited the United States in 1866 and 1874. His treatment of the United States in his published works has been considered unfair and incorrect in this country. His books relating to the United States include White conquest (containing information of the Indians, negroes, and Chinese in America) ; Life of William Penn; and New America. He died in London, Dec. 27, 1879.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Dornin, Thomas Aloysius, 1800-1874 (search)
Dornin, Thomas Aloysius, 1800-1874 Naval officer; born in Ireland about 1800; entered the United States navy in 1815; prevented William Walker's expedition from invading Mexico in 1851; later sailed to Mazatlan and secured the release of forty Americans there held as prisoners; afterwards captured two slavers with more than 1,400 slaves, and took them to Liberia; was promoted commodore and retired during the Civil War. He died in Norfolk, Va., April 22, 1874.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Draper, John William, 1811- (search)
e took the degree of M. D. He became (1836-39) Professor of Chemistry, Natural Philosophy, and Physiology in Hampden-Sidney College, Virginia. From 1839 Dr. Draper was connected, as professor, with the University of the City of New York, and aided in establishing the University Medical College, of which he was appointed (1841) Professor of Chemistry. In 1850 physiology was added to the chair of chemistry. From that year he was the president of the medical faculty of the institution, and in 1874 he was also president of the scientific department of the university. Dr. Draper was one of the most patient, careful, and acute of scientific investigators. His industry in experimental researches was marvellous, and his publications on scientific subjects are voluminous. He contributed much to other departments of learning. His History of the intellectual development of Europe appeared in 1862; his Thoughts on the future Civil policy of America, in 1865; and his History of the American
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Dustin, Hannah, (search)
the woods and escaped. After scuttling all the boats but one, they fled in it down the river, with provisions from the wigwam. Mrs. Dustin remembered they had not scalped the victims, so, returning, they scalped the slain savages, and bore their trophies away in a bag, as evidence of the truth of the story they might relate to their friends. At Haverhill they were received as persons risen from the dead. Mrs. Dustin found her husband and children safe. Soon afterwards she bore to the governor, at Boston, the gun, tomahawk, and ten scalps, and the general court gave these two women $250 Hannah Dustin escaping from the Indians. each, as a reward for their heroism. They received other tokens of regard. The island where the scene occurred is called Dustin's Island. On its highest point citizens of Massachusetts and New Hampshire erected a commemorative monument in 1874. On it are inscribed the names of Hannah Dustin, Mary Neff, and Samuel Leonardson, the latter the English lad.
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