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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Eaton, William, -1811 (search)
Eaton, William, -1811 Military officer; born, in Woodstock, Conn., Feb. 23, 1764; graduated at Dartmouth College in 1790; entered the Continental army at the ageof sixteen; and was discharged in 1783. In 1797 he was appointed American consul at Tunis, and arrived there in 1799. He acted with so much boldness and tact that he secured for his country the freedom of its commerce from attacks by Tunisian cruisers. He returned to the United States in 1803; was appointed naval agent of the United States for the Barbary States, and accompanied the American fleet to the Mediterranean in 1804. He assisted Hamet Caramelli, the rightful ruler of Tripoli, in an attempt to recover his throne, usurped by his brother. Soon afterwards Eaton returned to the United States, and passed the remainder of his life at Brimfield. For his services to American commerce the State of Massachusetts gave him 10,000 acres of land. The King of Denmark gave him a gold box in acknowledgment of his services
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Government, instrument of. (search)
e, 4; Preston, 1; Lancaster, 1; Liverpool, 1; Manchester, 1; Leicestershire, 4; Leicester, 2; Lincolnshire, 10; Lincoln, 2; Boston, 1; Grantham, 1; Stamford, 1; Great Grimsby, 1; Middlesex, 4; London, 6; Westminster, 2; Monmouthshire, 3; Norfolk, 10; Norwich, 2; Lynn-Regis, 2; Great Yarmouth, 2; Northamptonshire, 6; Peterborough, 1; Northampton, 1; Nottinghamshire, 4; Nottingham, 2; Northumberland, 3; Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1; Berwick, 1; Oxfordshire, 5; Oxford City, 1; Oxford University, 1; Woodstock, 1; Rutlandshire, 2; Shropshire, 4; Shrewsbury, 2; Bridgnorth, 1; Ludlow, 1; Staffordshire, 3; Lichfield, 1; Stafford, 1; Newcastle-under-Lyne, 1; Somersetshire, 11; Bristol, 2; Taunton, 2; Bath, 1; Wells, 1; Bridgewater, 1; Southamptonshire, 8; Winchester, 1; Southampton, 1; Portsmouth, 1; Isle of Wight, 2: Andover, 1; Suffolk, 10; Ipswich, 2; Bury St. Edmunds, 2; Dunwich, 1; Sudbury, 1; Surrey, 6; Southwark, 2; Guildford, 1; Reigate, 1; Sussex, 9; Chichester, 1; Lewes, 1; East Grinstead,
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Holmes, Abiel 1763-1837 (search)
Holmes, Abiel 1763-1837 Clergyman; born in Woodstock, Conn., Dec. 24, 1763; graduated at Yale College in 1783; tutor there in 1786 and 1787; was pastor of a church in Georgia from 1785 to 1791; and of the First Church, Cambridge, from 1792 to 1832. He prepared and published, in 2 octavo volumes, very valuable Annals of America, closing in 1826. He also published a Life of his father-in-law, President Stiles (1798); a Memoir of the French Protestants; A history of Cambridge; and many sermons. He died in Cambridge, Mass., June 4, 1837.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Morris, Charles 1784- (search)
Morris, Charles 1784- Naval officer; born in Woodstock, Conn., July 26, 1784; entered the navy in July, 1799, and helped in the destruction of the Philadelphia at Tripoli. In the encounter between the Constitution and Guerriere he was severely wounded. In 1814, while he commanded the frigate John Adams, he took her up the Penobscot River for repairs, was blockaded there, and on the approach of the British he destroyed her. In 1825 he commanded the frigate Brandywine, which conveyed Lafayette back to Europe after his visit to this country. He was constantly employed in the public Commodore Morris's monument. Charles Morris. service, afloat or ashore, and at the time of his death in Washington, Jan. 27, 1856, was chief of the bureau of ordnance and hydrography. He had the supervision of the Naval Academy at Annapolis for several years. His remains lie in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Washington, and over them is a neat white marble monument.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Morse, Jedediah 1761-1826 (search)
Morse, Jedediah 1761-1826 Theologian and geographer; born in Woodstock, Conn., Aug. 23, 1761; graduated at Yale College in 1783, and was installed pastor of the First Congregational Church at Charlestown, Mass., in 1789. In the twenty-third year of his age he prepared a small geography, which was the first ever published in America. This was followed by larger geographies and gazetteers of the United States, with the help of Jeremy Belknap, the historian, Thomas Hutchins, the geographer, and Ebenezer Hazen. For thirty years Mr. Morse was without an important competitor in this field of literature, and translations of his works were made into the French and German languages. Dr. Morse was a life-long polemical theologian, and combated Unitarianism in New England most sturdily. In 1805 he established the Panoplist, and was prominent in founding the Andover Theological Seminary. His persistent opposition to liberalism in religion brought upon him much persecution, which affecte
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Ripley, Ezra 1751-1841 (search)
Ripley, Ezra 1751-1841 Clergyman; born in Woodstock, Conn., May 1, 1751; graduated at Harvard in 1776; ordained in 1778. In a pamphlet entitled A history of the fight at Concord, he proved that though the enemy had fired first at Lexington, the Americans fired first in Concord, his own town. He died in Concord, Mass., Sept. 21, 1841.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Secession in New England. (search)
Secession in New England. In 1747 the towns of Suffield, Somers, Enfield, and Woodstock, originally settled under Massachusetts grants, and assigned to that province in 1713, finding taxation there enhanced by its military operations, applied for annexation to Connecticut. They seemed to be clearly within the Connecticut charter. They asked permission of Massachusetts to withdraw. The request was refused. They then withdrew without the consent of Massachusetts, were annexed to Connecticut, and still remain part of that State. Massachusetts threatened an appeal to the King and council, but fearing she might, as in her controversy with New Hampshire, not only lose these towns, but other territory, nothing further was done. See Quincy, Josiah.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Spiritualism, or spiritism, (search)
Spiritualism, or spiritism, Words applied to the belief that certain phenomena or visible manifestations of power are produced by the spirits of the dead. These phenomena have been witnessed and commented upon in all ages; notable instances within the last 250 years at Woodstock, 1649; at Tedworth, 1661; at the Epworth parsonage, in the family of Mr. Wesley, the father of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism; the case of the Cock-lane ghost, in London; at Sunderland, at the residence of Mr. Jobson, 1839 (all these in England). The Fox sisters in the United States, 1848 (noted below), and, as some suppose, in the Salem witchcraft cases of 1692. They have been attributed to diabolical agencies. It is claimed that under favorable circumstances, by a force apparently residing in the subject itself, and with no external source, inanimate objects (articles of furniture, etc.) are moved, rappings are heard, articles disappear from one closed apartment to appear in another, writing i
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Walker, Amasa 1799-1875 (search)
Walker, Amasa 1799-1875 Political economist; born in Woodstock, Conn., May 4, 1799; educated in North Brookfield, Mass.; Professor of Political Economy at Oberlin College in 1842-49, and at Amherst College in 1861-66; held various political offices in Massachusetts in 1848-62, when he was elected to Congress. He wrote The nature and uses of money and mixed currency, and Science and wealth. He died in North Brookfield, Mass., Oct. 29, 1875.
iel, 2.24. Vinal, Spencer, 2.24. Virginia, Gabriel's rising, 1.25; convention to revise Constitution, slavery debate, 154; alarm at Walker's Appeal, 160, 231; House bill excluding free colored immigrants, 162; Nat Turner rising, 230, 231, 249, 250; Legislative debates on slavery, 251, 252; attempted bill to remove free blacks, 252; Richmond anti-abolition meeting, 484-486; Legislative appeals against abolitionists, 2.76, 77. Vroom, Peter D. [1791-1873], 2.62. Walker, Amasa [b. Woodstock, Conn., May 4, 1799; d. N. Brookfield, Mass., Oct. 29, 1875], overhears a would-be kidnapper of G., 1.324; voted for by G., 455, 2.302; opposes Am. Union for the Relief, etc., 1.472; defense of G. and Lib., 2.122, 279; calls Peace Convention, 223, part assigned, 223, 224, officer, 227, opposes Non-Resistance Soc., 242; officer Boston A. S. Society, 243. Walker, David [b. Wilmington, N. C., Sept. 28, 1785; d. Boston, June 28, 1830], career, 1.159-161; Appeal, 159, effect in Va., 160, 231, in
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