er when he was only four years old, her place being thenceforth supplied by the tender affection of an only sister.
At the age of seventeen he lost his father, and was thus early initiated into the responsibilities of life.
He entered Harvard University, in the Sophomore class, in 1842, graduating in 1845.
After this, he spent several years in Europe, as a student at the Universities of Heidelberg, Berlin, and Breslau.
On his return, in 1852, he married (March 30th) his cousin, Miss Mary C. Breckenridge, a lady greatly respected and beloved by all who knew her, but who was taken from him by death in the short space of two years. In 1855 he returned to Europe, spending the winter at Ems and Paris.
In 1859 he married Miss Josephine M. Morris of New York,— who as his widow survives him,— and had but just entered upon that happy home-life which it was his greatest pleasure to cultivate and embellish, when the call came which was to devote him to his country.
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