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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Mills, Samuel John 1783- (search)
Mills, Samuel John 1783- Clergyman; born in Torringford, Conn., April 21, 1783; graduated at Williams College in 1809; was the originator of the American Bible Society, founded in 1816; and was also instrumental in the formation of the American Colonization Society (q. v.). In behalf of the latter society he explored the western coast of Africa for a suitable site for a colony, in 1818, and died on his passage homeward, June 16, 1818.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Revolutionary War, (search)
latter exclaimed, with emphasis, I am of that man's mind! All the summer and autumn of 1774 the people, impressed with this idea, had practised daily in military exercises, especially in Massachusetts. There provision was made for arming the people of the province and for the collection of munitions of war. The Provincial Convention of Massachusetts appropriated $60,000 for that purpose, and leading soldiers in the French and Indian War were commissioned general officers of the militia. Mills were erected for the manufacture of gunpowder, and establishments were set up for making arms. Encouragement was given to the production of saltpetre, and late in December, 1774, the Massachusetts Provincial Congress authorized the enrolment of 12,000 minute-men. Very soon there was an invisible army of determined patriots, ready to resist every act of military coercion on the part of Great Britain. Towards the close of 1774 the King issued a proclamation prohibiting the exportation, fr
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Rowan, Andrew summers 1881- (search)
Rowan, Andrew summers 1881- Military officer; born in Gap Mills, Va.; graduated at West Point in 1881; promoted captain in the 19th United States Infantry, April 26, 1898. At the opening of the war with Spain Captain Rowan was sent by the United States government with the message to Garcia. He landed on the island without knowing Garcia's whereabouts, and succeeded in finding Garcia and in bringing back a reply with full information concerning the Cuban insurgents. The successful accomplishment of his mission was one of the most brilliant exploits in the American-Spanish War.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Tariff. (search)
, 12.30 A. M., March 3, by 32 to 31 votes, and in the House at 5.30 P. M., March 3, by 152 to 116 votes, and signed by the President before adjournment, which was after midnight......March 3, 1883 A bill to reduce import duties and war-tariff taxes, introduced by Mr. Morrison, is reported in the House, March 11, and defeated by vote of 159 to 155......April 15, 1884 A bill to reduce tariff taxes, introduced by Mr. Morrison, is lost by vote of the House, 157 to 140......June 17, 1886 Mills bill, a measure to reduce taxation and simplify the laws in relation to the collection of revenue, introduced in the House by Roger Q. Mills, of Texas, chairman of the ways and means committee......April 2, 1888 Mills bill is taken up for discussion, April 17, and debated until July 19, and passes the House by vote of 149 to 14......July 21, 1888 [Referred in the Senate to the finance committee, by whom a substitute was prepared, and failed to become a law.] A bill to equalize dutie
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Williams College, (search)
operty vested in the free school was transferred to the college, and the State appropriated $4,000 for the purchase of apparatus and a library. Mr. Fitch was its first president, and the first commencement was in 1795, when four students graduated. Its catalogue of students printed in 1795 is said to be the earliest production of the kind in this country. It contained the names of seventy-seven students. Several college buildings have been added since. Near the college building is Mills Park, on the site of and commemorating the prayer-meeting of students in 1808, out of which grew the first organization in America for foreign missionary work. The leader among the students was Samuel J. Mills, and his is the first name appended to the constitution of the society. In 1900 the college reported twenty-nine professors and instructors; 401 students; 4,298 graduates; 44,250 volumes in the library; grounds and buildings valued at $452,425; and productive funds aggregating $1,048,317.