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Colyer, Vincent 1825-

Painter, born in Bloomingdale, N. Y., in 1825; studied in New York with John R. Smith, and afterwards at the National Academy, of which he became an associate in 1849. During 1849-61, he applied himself to painting in New York. When the Civil War broke out he originated the United States Christian Commission. He accompanied General Burnside on the expedition to North Carolina for the purpose of ministering to the needs of the colored people. After the capture of Newbern, he was placed in charge of the helpless inhabitants. He there opened evening schools for the colored people and carried on other benevolent enterprises till May, 1862, when his work was stopped by Edward Stanley, who was appointed by the President military governor of North Carolina, and who [285] declared that the laws of the State made it a “criminal offence to teach the blacks to read.” At the conclusion of the war Mr. Colyer settled in Darien, Conn. His

Vincent Colyer.

paintings include Johnson Straits, British Columbia; Pueblo; Passing showers; Home of the Yackamas, Oregon; Darien shore, Connecticut; Rainy day on Connecticut shore; Spring flowers; French waiter; and Winter on Connecticut shore. He died on Contentment Island, Conn., July 12, 1888. See Christian commission, United States.

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