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George Bancroft, History of the United States from the Discovery of the American Continent, Vol. 6, 10th edition. 188 2 Browse Search
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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Columbia University, (search)
the volumes were recovered thirty years afterwards in a room in St. Paul's Chapel, when none but the sexton knew of their existence. In 1784 regents of a State University were appointed, who took charge of what property belonged to the institution and changed its name to Columbia College. There was no president for several years. In 1787 the original charter was confirmed by the State legislature, and the college was placed in charge of twenty-four trustees. On May 21, 1787, William Samuel Johnson, Ll.D., son of the first president, was chosen to fill his father's place, and the college started on a prosperous career. A new charter was obtained in 1810. A medical and law school was established, and in 1828 the Hon. James Kent delivered a course of law lectures in the college that formed the basis of his famous Commentaries. The college occupied the original site until 1857, when it was removed to the square between Madison and Fourth avenues and Forty-Ninth and Fiftieth street
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Combs, Leslie 1794-1881 (search)
. He called for a volunteer, when Leslie Combs—then nineteen years of age —promptly responded. When we reach Fort defiance, said Combs, if you will furnish me with a good canoe, I will carry your despatches to General Harrison and return with his orders. I shall only require four or five volunteers and one of my Indian guides to accompany me. Combs was properly equipped, and on May 1 he started on his perilous errand, accompanied by two brothers named Walker and two others (Paxton and Johnson); also by young Black Fish, a Shawnee warrior. They passed the rapids in safety, when the roar of the siege met their ears. Great peril was in their way. It was late in the morning. To remain where they were until night or to go on was equally hazardous. We must go on, said the brave Combs. As they passed the last bend in the stream that kept the fort from view they were greatly rejoiced to see the flag was still there, and that the garrison was holding out against a strong besieging f
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Connecticut (search)
R. D. Hubbard 1876 to 1879 Charles B. Andrews 1879 to 1881 H. B. Bigelow 1881 to 1883 Thomas M. Waller 1883 to 1885 Henry B. Harrison 1885 to 1887 Phineas C. Lounsbury 1887 to 1889 Morgan G. Bulkeley 1889 to 1891 to 1891 to 1893 Luzon B. Morris1893 to 1895 O Vincent Coffin 1895 to 1897 Lorrin A. Cooke 1897 to 1899 George E. Lounsbury 1899 to 1901 George P. McLean 1901 to 1903 United States Senators. Name.No. of Congress.Date. Oliver Ellsworth 1st to 4th1789 to 1797 William S. Johnson 1st1789 to 1791 Roger Sherman 2d1791 to 1793 Stephen Nix Mitchell 3d1793 to 1795 James Hillhouse 4th to 11th1796 to 1811 Jonathan Trumbull4th1795 to 1796 Uriah Tracy 4th to 9th1796 to 1807 Chauncey Goodrich 10th to 12th1807 to 1813 Samuel W. Dana 11th to 16th1810 to 1821 David Daggett 13th to 15th1813 to 1819 James Lanman16th to 18th1819 to 1825 Elijah Boardman17th1821 to 1823 Henry W. Edwards 18th to 19th1823 to 1827 Calvin Willey 19th to 21st1825 to 1831 Samuel A. Foote
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Constitution of the United States (search)
es so ratifying the same. Done in convention by the unanimous consent of the States present, the seventeenth day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the twelfth. In witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names. Ga: Washington, Presidt. and Deputy from Virginia. New Hampshire. John Langdon, Nicholas Gilman. Massachusetts. Nathaniel Gorham, Rufus King. Connecticut. Wm. Saml. Johnson, Roger Sherman. New York. Alexander Hamilton. New Jersey. Wil: Livingston, David Brearley, Wm. Paterson, Jona: Dayton. Pennsylvania. B. Franklin, Thomas Mifflin, Robt. Morris, Geo. Clymer, Thomas Fitzsimons, Jared Ingersoll, James Wilson, Gouv. Morris. Delaware. Geo: Read, Jaco: Broom, John Dickinson, Richard Bassett, Gunning Bedford, Jun. Maryland. James Mchenry, Danl. Carroll, Dan of St. Thos. Jenifer. Virginia. John Blair, James Madison, Jr. North Carolina. Wm. Blo
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Federal convention, the. (search)
onvention was composed of some of the most illustrious citizens of the new republic. There was the aged Franklin, past eighty-one years of age, who had sat in a similar convention at Albany (q. v.) in 1754. John Dickinson, of Pennsylvania; W. S. Johnson, of Connecticut; and John Rutledge, of South Carolina, had been members of the Stamp act Congress (q. v.) at New York in 1765. Washington, Dickinson, and Rutledge had been members of the Continental Congress of 1774. From that body also werl list of the members of the national convention: From New Hampshire—John Langdon, John Pickering, Nicholas Gilman, and Benjamin West; Massachusetts—Francis Dana, Elbridge Gerry, Nathaniel Gorham, Rufus King, and Caleb Strong; Connecticut—William Samuel Johnson, Roger Sherman, and Oliver Ellsworth; New York—Robert Yates, John Lansing, Jr., and Alexander Hamilton; New Jersey— David Brearley, William Churchill Hous- Signatures to the Constitution. Signatures to the Constitution. Signatu
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Hillsborough, wills Hill, Earl of 1718- (search)
and principal secretary of state for the American colonies during the Revolutionary War. He died Oct. 7, 1793. William Samuel Johnson, a strict Churchman and able jurist, was agent for the colony of Connecticut in England. He was very desirous toaws of the colony had been disregarded. The colony has several times sent over a copy of the printed law-book, answered Johnson. It is the duty of your colony, said the earl, to transmit from time to time not only the laws that pass, but all the mncil and Assembly, that we may know what you are about, and rectify whatever is amiss. If your lordship means, answered Johnson, to have the laws of our colony transmitted for the inspection of the ministry, as such, and for the purpose of approbasborough. You will admit there are many things which the King cannot grant, as the inseparable incidents of the crown. Johnson answered: Nobody has ever reckoned the power of legislation among the inseparable incidents of the crown; and he present
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Hollister, Gideon Hiram 1817-1881 (search)
Hollister, Gideon Hiram 1817-1881 Author; born in Washington, Conn., Dec. 14, 1817; graduated at Yale College in 1840, studied law and practised in Litchfield, Stratford, Bridgeport, and Woodbury, Conn. He was clerk of courts in Litchfield in 1843-52; elected State Senator in 1856; and was appointed consul-general and United States minister to Haiti by President Johnson in 1868. In 1880 he was elected to the legislature, and there delivered a speech on the New York boundary question. He was author of Andersonville (a poem); Mount hope, a historical romance of King Philip's War; and History of Connecticut. He died in Litchfield, Conn., March 24, 1881.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Hunter, Robert Mercer Taliaferro 1809- (search)
member of the House of Delegates when twenty-four years of age; and was a member of Congress from 1837 to 1841, and from 1845 to 1847. From 1839 to 1841 he was speaker. He was one of the most persistent supporters of the doctrine of State supremacy and of the slave-labor system, advocating with vehemence all measures calculated to enforce the practical operations of the former and to nationalize the latter. In 1847 he became a United States Senator, and remained such by re-election until July, 1861, when he was expelled from that body for treason against the government. He became the Confederate secretary of state, and afterwards a member of the Confederate Congress. After the war he was held for a while as a prisoner of state, but was released and pardoned by President Johnson in 1867. He was an unsuccessful candidate for United States Senator in 1874; became State treasurer of Virginia in 1877; and shortly before his death, July 18, 1887, became collector at Tappahannock, Va.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Johnson, William Samuel 1727-1819 (search)
Johnson, William Samuel 1727-1819 Jurist; born in Stratford, Conn., Oct. 7, 1727; graduated at Yale College in 1744; became a lawyer; and was distinguished for his eloquence. He was a delegate to the Stamp act Congress (q. v.), and for five years (from 1766 to 1771) was agent for Connecticut in England. He corresponded with the eminent Dr. Johnson several years. He was a judge of the Supreme Court of Connecticut and a commissioner for adjusting the controversy between the proprietors of Pennsylvania and the Susquehanna Company. Judge Johnson was in Congress (1784 to 1787), and was also a member of the convention that framed the national ConstitutioJudge Johnson was in Congress (1784 to 1787), and was also a member of the convention that framed the national Constitution, in which he was the first to propose the organization of the Senate as a distinct branch of the national legislature. He was United States Senator from 1789 to 1791, and, with his colleague, Oliver Ellsworth, drew up the bill for establishing the judiciary system of the United States. He was president of Columbia College from
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Johnson-Clarendon convention, (search)
Johnson-Clarendon convention, The treaty negotiated by Reverdy Johnson, while minister to England, dated Jan. 14, 1869. This treaty proposed a mixed commission for the consideration of all claims, including the Alabama claims. The treaty, which was the foundation of the subsequent successful one, was rejected by the United States Senate, as the provision made in it for national losses was not satisfactory. See Johnson, Reverdy.
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