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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Abbott, Jacob, 1803- (search)
at Bowdoin College in 1820. and at Andover Theological Seminary in 1825. From 1825 to 1829 he was Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy in Amherst College. He chose the pursuit of literature in the attractive and useful field of affording instruction to the young. One of the earliest of his almost 200 volumes printed was The young Christian, issued the year of his gradution at Andover. His books are remarkable for their wealth of information, their absolute purity of tone and expression, and for their wonderful attractiveness for the young of both sexes. Few men have done so much for the intellectual and moral training of the young for lives of usefulness as Jacob Abbott. His interest in young people never abated through a long and laborious life. His later years were spent upon the old homestead at Farmington, Me., significantly called Few acres, for its area of land was small and it was cultivated and adorned by the hands of its owner. Here he died, Oct. 31. 1879.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Hooker, Joseph 1814-1879 (search)
Hadley, Mass., Nov. 13, 1814; graduated at West Point in 1837, entering Joseph Hooker. the artillery. He served in the war with Mexico, and was brevetted lieutenantcolonel for bravery therein. He resigned in 1853 and settled in California, where he was residing when, in May, 1861, he was appointed brigadier-general of volunteers and assigned to the Army of the Potomac, in which he acquired the name of Fighting Joe Hooker. In May, 1862, he was promoted to major-general. He was severely wounded in the battle of Antietam, and soon afterwards was commissioned brigadier-general in the United States army. Early in 1863 he succeeded Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside (q. v.) in the command of the Army of the Potomac, and was himself succeeded by Gen. George G. Meade (q. v.) in June. He performed efficient service near Chattanooga in the fall of 1863, and in the Atlanta campaign of 1864. In 1868 he was retired with the full rank of major-general. He died in Garden City, N. Y., Oct. 31, 1879.