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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Whitehead, William Adee 1810-1884 (search)
Whitehead, William Adee 1810-1884 Historian; born in Newark, N. J., Feb. 19, 1810; became a surveyor and made a survey of Key West, Fla., in 1828; was United States customs collector there in 1830-38; then removed to New York and became a stock-broker. He was one of the founders of the Newark Library Association and was corresponding secretary of the New Jersey Historical Society from its establishment in 1845 till his death. He was the author of East Jersey under the proprietary governments; Papers of Lewis Morris, Governor of New Jersey; Analytical index to the colonial documents of New Jersey, in the State paper office in England; Biographical sketch of William Franklin; Contributions to the early history of Perth Amboy, etc. He died in Perth Amboy, N. J., Aug. 8, 1884.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Whitmer, David 1805-1888 (search)
estigate the alleged discovery of the golden plates of the Book of Mormon. While praying in a quiet place these men claimed a bright light shone around them and an angel appeared with seven golden plates which they were commanded to examine. They were, moreover, enjoined to tell their experience to the world. This they did in a statement appended to the Book of Mormon, where it is written that they, through the grace of God and our Lord Jesus Christ, have seen the plates which contain this record, which is the record of the people of Nephi. Mr. Whitmer withdrew from the Mormon Church in June, 1838, and removed to Richmond, Mo. His reasons for leaving that body are contained in a publication entitled An address to all believers in Christ. These include, the creation of high priests in 1831; the making public of many revelations; the formation of a congregation of Danites in the Far West in 1838; the doctrine of polygamy, etc. He died in Richmond, Mo., Jan. 25, 1888. See Mormons.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Whitney, Frederic Augustus 1812-1880 (search)
Whitney, Frederic Augustus 1812-1880 Clergyman; born in Quincy, Mass., Sept. 13, 1812; graduated at Harvard College in 1833 and at its Divinity School in 1838; was pastor at Brighton, Mass., in 1843-59. He was the author of Historical sketch of the old Church at Quincy; Biography of James Holton, etc. He died in Brighton, Mass., Oct. 21, 1880.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Willard, Joseph 1798-1865 (search)
Willard, Joseph 1798-1865 Author; born in Cambridge, Mass., March 14, 1798; graduated at Harvard College in 1816; admitted to the bar and began practice in Waltham, Mass.; settled in Boston in 1829; appointed master of chancery in 1838; and was elected clerk of the Superior Court in 1856 and 1861. His publications include Topographical and Historical sketches of the town of Lancaster, Mass., with an appendix; Naturalization in the American colonies; Letter to an English friend on the rebellion in the United States and on the British policy, etc. He died in Boston, Mass., May 12, 1865.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Wilson, Henry 1812- (search)
Wilson, Henry 1812- Vice-President of the United States; born in Farmington, N. H., Feb. 16, 1812; was a poor boy, brought up on a farm, and had little book education; became a shoemaker at Natick, and earned money enough to have instruction at an academy for a while, but resumed shoemaking at that place in 1838. He became interested in politics, and in 1840 made more than sixty speeches in favor of William H. Harrison for President of the United States. He was elected to the Massachusetts legislature several times, and was twice a State Senator. He was an uncompromising opponent of slavery, and took an important part in organizing the free-soil party (q. v.). He bought the Boston Republican, a daily newspaper, which he edited for two years. He labored diligently for the Free-soil party, and was its candidate for governor of Massachusetts in 1853, but was defeated. In 1855 he was elected to the Henry Wilson. United States Senate, where he remained a conspicuous member unti
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Woolsey, Melancthon Taylor 1782-1838 (search)
Woolsey, Melancthon Taylor 1782-1838 Naval officer; born in New York, in 1782; studied law for a while, but entered the navy as a midshipman, April 9, 1800. He served with credit in the West Indies and the Mediterranean. In 1807 he was commissioned a lieutenant, and in 1808 was sent to Sackett's Harbor to superintend the construction of the Oneida. He served with credit under Commodore Chauncey on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812-15. Woolsey was made master-commandant in July, 1813, and captain in April, 1816. He commanded the Constellation in the West Indies in 1825-26; had charge of the Pensacola navy-yard in 1827, and performed his last duty afloat on the coast of Brazil. He died in Utica, N. Y., May 18, 1838.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Woolson, Constance Fenimore 1838-1894 (search)
Woolson, Constance Fenimore 1838-1894 Author; born in Claremont, N. H., March 5, 1838; grandniece of James Fenimore Cooper; educated in Cleveland, O., and New York City; lectured on literary, social, historical, and dramatic subjects; contributed to periodicals; and wrote Castle nowhere; Rodman, the Keeper; For the Major; Horace Chase, etc. She died in Venice, Italy, Jan. 24, 1894.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Worth, William Jenkins 1794-1849 (search)
Worth, William Jenkins 1794-1849 Military officer; born in Hudson, N. Y., March 1, 1794; began life as a clerk in a store at Hudson, and entered the military service, as lieutenant of infantry, in May, 1813. He was highly distinguished in the battles of Chippewa and at Lundy's Lane, in July, 1814, and was severely wounded in the latter contest. He was in command of cadets at West Point from 1820 to 1828, and in 1838 was made colonel of the 8th United States Infantry. He served in the Seminole War from 1840 to 1842, and was in command of the army in Florida in 1841-42. He was brevetted a brigadiergeneral in March, 1842, commanded a brigade under General Taylor in Mexico in 1846, and was distinguished in the capture of Monterey. In 1847-48 he commanded a division, under General Scott, in the capture of Vera Cruz, and in the battles from Cerro Gordo to the assault and capture of the city of Mexico. He was brevetted major-general, and was presented with a sword by Congress, by
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Wright, Elizur 1804-1885 (search)
Wright, Elizur 1804-1885 Journalist; born in South Canaan, Conn., Feb. 12, 1804; graduated at Yale College in 1826; was Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy in Western Reserve College in 1829-33; and secretary of the American Anti-slavery Society in 1833. He was editor of Human rights in 1834-35, and the Anti-slavery magazine in 1837-38; Massachusetts abolitionist in 1839; and Daily Chronotype in 1845; was commissioner of insurance for Massachusetts in 1858-66; wrote an introduction to Whittier's Poems; and Savings Banks life insurance, etc.; contributed to the Atlantic monthly; and published several anti-slavery pamphlets. He died in Medford, Mass., Nov. 22, 1885.
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