Page images


when the time shall come that we ourselves shall go, one after another, in succession, to our graves, we shall carry with us a deep sense of his genius and character, his honor and integrity, his amiable deportment in private life, and the purity of his exalted patriotism." April 13.

In Washington, D. C., Hon. Thomas Jefferson Campbell, of Tenn., Clerk of the House of Representatives. He was also Clerk during the 30th Congress. He was a citizen of Tennessee, and was a member in Congress from that State from 1841 to 1843.

March 5. - In Southampton County, Va., Hon. George B. Cary, a member of Congress from the Petersburg District in 1842 - 43.

Feb. 16. — In Camden, Ark., Rev. Porter Clay, Jast surviving full brother of Hon. Henry Clay, aged 70. April 23.

- In Ripton, Vt., Hon. Daniel Chipman, aged 85. He graduated at Dartmouth, and studied law with his older brother, the Hon. Nathaniel Chipman of Rutland, at which place he practised a short time before removing to Ripton. He was member of Congress from 1814 to 1817, was frequently Speaker of the House of Representatives of his State, and was a member of the recent Constitutional Convention. He was an able lawyer, and the first Reporter of the decis. ions of the Supreme Court. He was also the author of an able work on the Law of Contracts for the Sale of Specific Articles, which was and is highly esteemed by the profession.

Aug. 27. - In Saline County, Missouri, Col. Benjamin Chambers, aged 86. Col. Chambers was born in Pennsylvania, near Chambersburg, and at the age of sixteen entered the army of the Revolution, and served in the regiment of Pennsylvania volunteers commanded by his father. After the close of the Rev. olution, he emigrated west, and settled in Indiana, and for the last thirty years resided in Missouri. He had the friendship and confidence of many distin. guished men of the country, and at various times held important military and civil appointments under the early Presidents.

April 18. - In Gilmanton, N. H., Rev. William Cogswell, D. D., aged 62. He was the son of Dr. William Cogswell, of Atkinson, New Hampshire, and was born June 5, 1787. He graduated at Dartmouth College in 1811. After leaving College, he instructed a year in each of the academies at Atkinson and Hampton, New Hampshire. He studied theology with Rev. Mr. Webster of Hampton, and the Rev. Drs. Dana of Newburyport and Worcester of Salem, Massachusetts. He was settled as a pastor over the South Church in Dedham, Massachusetts, for fourteen years. In June, 1829, he entered the service of the American Edu. cation Society, as its Agent, and in 1832 was elected Secretary and Director of the Society, in the place of Rev. Dr. Cornelius, who had resigned. From April, 1841, he was for nearly three years Professor of History and National Education in Dartmouth College, when he accepted the appointment of President of Gilmanton Theological Seminary, and also of Professor of Christian Theology. In 1836, he was elected a Trustee of the Andover Theological Seminary. Dr. Cogswell was the author of a Manual of Theology and Devotion, of the Christian Philanthropist, the Theological Class-book, and of Reports of various societies. He was also Editor of the American Quarterly Register, the New Hampshire Repository, and the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, now published in Boston.

July 21. — In Louisville, Ky., Chapman Coleman, Esq., son-in-law of Governor Crittenden, and one of the most distinguished and influential citizens of that place.

Jan. 27. - In New York, Willium Alkins Coleman, aged 60, for more than thirty years known for his connection with literature and art.

In' New Orleans, La., Hon. Horace S. Cooley, Secretary of State of Illinois.

June 1.- In Brooklyn, N. Y., Commodore Benjamin Cooper, U.S. N., aged 57. He was a native of New Jersey, entered the service in 1809, and served with distinction under Lawrence in the Hornet, during the war with England.

June 21. — In Manhattanville, N. Y., Matthew L. Davis, Esq., aged 84, a wellknown citizen of New York. Mr. Davis was a printer, and at the time of his death the oldest of that calling in the city. He was a man of cultivated mind, and of great native strength of intellect. He took an active interest in political affairs, and imparted his views upon them to the public in the vigorous letters


which he communicaied to the daily journals. The most noted series of these was that which appeared some years since in the Courier and Enquirer, under the signature of “The Spy in Washington.” He was also for some years the American correspondent of the London Times, his letters being designated as from a “ Genevese Traveller.” To the permanent literature of the country, the most important contribution by Mr. Davis was the “ Memoirs of the Life of Aaron Burr."

May 18. - In Clinton, N. Y., Dr. Benjamin Woolsey Duight, aged 70. He was born at Northampton, Mass., graduated at Yale College in 1799, and studied medicine in Philadelphia. On account of protracted ill health he left this profession, and engaged in mercantile business in New York city and in Catskill." In 1831, he removed to Clinton, Oneida County, N. Y., soon after which he was appointed Secretary and Treasurer of Hamilton College, which offices he filled with distinguished usefulness during the rest of his life.

Aug. 23. — In Pensacola, Passed-Midshipman Charles Dyer, Jr., U. S. N. He was drowned in nobly attempting to save the crew of a vessel'in distress.

March 12. — At sea, on board the United States ship Ohio, on her passage from Rio Janeiro to Boston, Lieut. Henry Eld, Jr., U. S. N., a native of New Haven, Conn. Lieut. Eld had performed much service abroad, and was on his return from a three and a half years' cruise. He was one of the active young officers of the United States Exploring Expedition during its long and arduous service; and in the Narrative of the Expedition by Captain Wilkes, he is frequently mentioned in terms of high cominendation.

May 29. -- In Washington, D. C., Hon. Franklin Harper Elmore, Senator in Congress from South Carolina, aged 50. Mr. Elmore was a native of Laurens District, S. C., and was born in 1799. He entered South Carolina College in November, 1817, and graduated with honor in 1819. He studied law with Hon. A. P. Butler, in Columbia, and was admitted to the bar in 1821. In 1822 he was elected Solicitor (a public prosecuting officer) of the Southern Circuit, office that involved high responsibility and important public duties, and was reelected to this office until he took his seat in the House of Representatives in December, 1836, to fill a vacancy occasioned by the resignation of General Hammond, to which office he was again elected, and served throughout the 25th Congress. During this time, he won a high reputation for parliamentary address and ability. In December, 1839, he was elected President of the Bank of the State of South Carolina, a position of real difficulty, that required financial talents of a high order, which office he held until his nomination to the Senate, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of the Hon. John C. Calhoun. His voice was heard but once in the Senate, and then in answering to his name when called by the Secretary.

April 7. - In Poughkeepsie, N. Y., Hon. James Emott, aged 80, a distinguished member of the bar of New York. He was a member of Congress from that State from 1809 to 1813. Under the old constitution, he for several years filled the office of first judge of the Court of Common Pleas for his county, and in that capacity gave that court a rank among the best courts of the State, and the unlimited confidence of the public. Under the constitution of 1821, he was appointed Circuit Judge for the Second District, which station he filled with like distinction and honor until he reached the age of sixty years, which required him to retire.

March 3. — In Boston, Dr. John D. Fisher, aged 53, a highly intelligent and respected physician. He was a member of the government of the Perkins Institution for the Blind, a visiting physician to the Massachusetts General Hospital, and Secretary of the Board of Censors of the Massachusetts Medical Society for the district of Suffolk.

March 7.-- At Baton Rouge, La., Hon. Preston W. Farrar, Speaker of the House of Representatives of that State, and a distinguished and accomplished citizen. He was born in Kentucky, and was educated at the Transylvania University. He removed to Mississippi in 1827, and served with great credit in both branches of the Legislature of that State.

July 16. – In Washington, D. C., Peter Hagner, late Third Auditor of the Treasury, aged 79. He was born in Philadelphia. October 1st, 1772, and was educated at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1793, he received from President Washington an appointment in the office of Accountant of War, and removed with the government to that city. He was afterwards appointed Assistant to the Accountant of War, and in 1816 was commissioned as Additional Accountant of War, upon the creation of that office. In 1817, Congress established the office of Third Auditor, and Mr. Hagner was selected by President Monroe to discharge its responsible and arduous duties. This office he held until October last, having served under every President of the United States from Washington to Taylor, and it was with the greatest reluctance that at last his resignation, which had been repeatedly tendered, was accepted. During this service of fifty-seven years, he was eminently distinguished for modesty, integrity, industry, unwavering devotion to the interests of the government, and impartial justice. The vast importance of the office of Third Auditor can only be properly estimated by those who are familiar

with its details. But some idea, perhaps, may be formed of it by recalling a remark once made in Congress by the celebrated John Randolph of Roanoke, who, in pausing to find an apt phrase to express his sense of the influence of the Emperor Nicholas in the affairs of Europe, styled him “ the great Third Auditor of nations.” In addition to the duties devolved upon Mr. Hagner in the regular administration of his office, he was repeatedly directed by acts of Congress to settle, at his discretion, large and important claims not connected with it, but which were referred to him in the fullest confidence that justice would be done to all parties concerned. The satisfaction he gave in the discharge of these multiplied labors, and the exalted appreciation entertained of his distinguished worth, were manifested throughout his whole career by the approbation of each successive President, by the favorable testimony of committees and members of Congress, and, on two occasions, by direct votes of that body.

Aug. 23. - In Pensacola, Fa., Alexander Hale, aged 21, Assistant Engineer in the United States service, and a graduate of Harvard College in 1848. He lost his life in nobly assisting to save the crew of a vessel in distress.

June 21. - In New York city, Jacob Hays, aged 79, for nearly fifty years High Constable of the city of New York, and for a large portion of his earlier life an active and efficient police agent. He was born in 1772, in New Rochelle, West Chester County, N.'Y. In 1801 he received his first appointment in the police department from the hands of Edward Livingston, then Mayor of the city. He was subsequently appointed High Constable of the city, and annually reappointed to the office by every successive Mayor. He also held for many years the offices of Sergeant at Arms of the Board of Aldermen, and Crier of the Court of Sessions.

To the peculiar department of the public service to which his labors were devoted, few have brought greater natural qualifications, and no one ever met with more unqualified success. His memory of persons was wonderful, and it is said that he never forgot the countenance of any one who had been brought to his attention. He always contrived, by some means known only to himself, to be correctly informed as to the movements of professional depredators on society, and upon the commission of a crime seldom erred in his designation of the offender, or failed to bring him to justice.

May 16. - In Madison, Ind., Hon. William Hendricks, aged 67. Governor Hendricks was one among the few remaining old settlers of Madison, having come there in 1814. During his eventful life, he filled many high and important offices. He was Secretary of the Convention which formed the present Constitution of Indiana, the first and sole Representative of the State in Congress for six years, and Governor of the State from 1822 to 1825, when he was elected a Senator of the United States, and reelected to the same office in 1831. He was a man of strong mind and strong feelings, enduring in his attachments, and had long been a professor of the Christian religion.

June. - In Kenosha, Wis., Gen. Daniel Huguenin, aged 59. He was distinguished as an officer in the war of 1812, and participated in the stirring events on the Niagara frontier and the battle of Queenstown, where he was taken prisoner with General Scott. He was member of Congress from one of the western districts of New York from 1825 to 1827, a member of the New York Legislature, and at a later period United States Marshal for the Territory of Wisconsin, under appointment from General Harrison.

April 17. - In Albany, N. Y., Hon. Charles Humphrey, aged 58. He represented the County of Tompkins in the Legislature through several sessions, and was Speaker of the House of Assembly in 1836. He was subsequently appointed to the lucrative office of Clerk of the old Supreme Court, and after the abolition of that office he lived in quiet retirement. . He was a man of eminent talents and great social virtues.

Aug. 30. — In New York, John Inman, Esq., aged 46, formerly editor of the New York Commercial Advertiser. Mr. Inman was a native of Utica. He was educated for the legal profession. Shortly after graduating, he commenced his editorial experience, about the year 1830, with a paper called “The Spirit of the Times." He was afterwards connected with the old New York Mirror; and in 1834 became assistant editor of the Commercial Advertiser. On the death of Colonel Stone, Mr. Inman became the chief editor of the paper, which he conducted with great ability, and during the same period he contributed occasionally to the popular periodicals of the day. Mr. Inman was beloved and esteemed for his fine traits of character and many virtues.

July 25. - In Danvers, Mass., Hon. Daniel Putnam King, aged 50. Mr. King was graduated at Harvard College, in 1823. At first he contemplated the study of the law, but soon abandoned it for the practice of agriculture. In 1836 - 37, he was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, in 1838 - 39, a member of the Senate, and in 1840 - 41, President of that body. In 1843, he was again a member of the House, and after four unsuccessful ballotings for other candidates, on the fourth day and fifth ballot his name was brought forward, and he was elected Speaker of that body by a majority of one vote. The records show that he was eminently successful in that new and difficult position. Several unsuccessful attempts to elect a Representative in Congress from the Essex District having been made, Mr. King was nominated for the office, while yet Speaker of the House of Representatives, and in the month of June, 1843, was elected by a small majority. He was afterwards twice reëlected, and his term would have expired with the present Congress. Mr. King was beloved and respected for his many virtues, for his varied attainments, and for his unassuming worth. Rarely has it happened in Congress, upon the decease of a member, that such spontaneous, general, affectionate, and honorable tributes have been paid to his memory.

July. In Philadelphia, Pa., Commodore Jacob Jones, U. S. N., aged 82. Commodore Jones served with distinguished honor in the last war with Great Britain. He fought in the Wasp one of the bloodiest naval battles in our history, and captured in forty-five minutes the British brig of war Frolic, of superior force, and under circumstances highly unfavorable to success. For this action the States of Delaware, Massachusetts, and New York each voted him a sword in commemoration of his gallantry.

April 12. - At sea, in the French bark Aristide Marie, Rev. Adoniram Jud. son, D. D., aged 62, senior missionary of the American Baptist Missionary Union, having been more than thirty-eight years in the missionary service.

Jan. 7. - In New York, John H. Kyan, Esq., aged 75, a native of England, and for the last six months resident in this country. He was a man of extensive scientific acquirements, and the inventor of “ • Kyanized”

» wood. In Lawrensburgh, Ind., Hon. Amos Lane. Colonel Lane filled a conspicuous place in the history of Indiana. He was a Representative in Congress from that State from 1833 to 1837 ; was repeatedly a member of the House of Representatives of the State, and served one session as Speaker. He was a lawyer of the first ability, and his commanding talent always secured him a distinguished place among the able men of his day.

July 20. In Cincinnati, Oh., of cholera, Darius Lapham, Esq., aged 42. He was an engineer, and was employed first on the great Erie Canal of New York, and afterwards on the Welland Canal in Canada, and was for many years in the service of the State of Ohio. He devoted much time to the agricultural interests of Ohio, and at the time of his death he was actively engaged, as chairman of the Executive Committee of the State Board of Agriculture, in making arrangements for the first annual State fair at Cincinnati. He was well read in general science, and was a contributor to Silliman's Journal.

July 30. — Near Tully, Lewis County, Mo., Count de Laporte, aged 58, well known as a teacher of the French language, and formerly instructor in French in flarvard College,

June 22. - In Columbus, Miss., Dr. Dabney Lispcomb aged 55, President of the State Senate. He was a man of large and liberal mind, and in private life exhibited all the virtues of a hospitable and high-minded gentleman.

July 10. – In St. Matthews, s. C., Maj. James Lovel, aged 92. He was the son of the Hon. James Lovel of Boston, and was born 9th July, 1758. He graduated at Harvard College in 1776. Directly after graduating, he took a commission in the Massachusetts line, in Jackson's regiment; was in the battle of Monmouth, and in a hard contest at Quaker's Hill was severely wounded. He went through the campaign of 1780 in Jersey, and when General Greene was appointed to the Southern division of the army, Major Lovel took a commission in Lee's Legion, and was appointed by him immediately his adjutant, which office he retained during the remainder of the war. He was at the battle of Guilford, and with Sumter and Pickens in their successful efforts in reducing the many posts kept up as conimunications in the country, and was finally, engaged in the last hardfought battle of the Eutaw. He was one of the two survivors of the two hundred and twenty-two original members of the Society of the Cincinnati, and at the time of his death the oldest living graduate of Harvard College.

May 28. - In Mobile, Ala., Rev. J. N. Maffit, a well-known and eccentric preacher of the Methodist Church. May 2.

In Prospect, Me., Joseph P. Martin, Esq., aged 90. Mr. Martin was the son of a Congregationalist clergyman in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. In the spring of 1776, he entered the army of the Revolution, and, excepting an interval of a few months, continued in the army until the close of the war. He was in several of the most bloody battles of the war. At the close of the war he removed to Prospect, then comparatively a wilderness, where he remained until his death. He held various offices of trust in the town, and for over a quarter of a century was Town Clerk. He had a fondness for poetry and literature. In 1830, he published a book containing a narrative of his adventures as a Revolutionary soldier, which gave a lively view of the sufferings of those engaged in the mighty conflict for independence.

April 17. - In Galveston, Texas, Gen. John T. Mason, a native of Virginia. He removed from Virginia to Kentucky at an early period of his life. He lived in Kentucky from 1811 to 1835, and during that time he occupied many distinguished public stations, all of which he filled with great ability and fidelity. About fifteen years since he removed to Michigan, of which State his eldest son had previously been Governor, but died soon after. He also was afterwards Governor ex officio of the same State.

July 25. - In St. Louis, Mo., of cholera, Brevet Brigadier-General Richard B. Mason, U. S. A.

March 24. - In Auburn, N. Y., Hon. John Maynard, formerly of Seneca Falls, Judge of the Supreme Court of New York, and from January, 1850, a Judge of the Court of Appeals. He was elected to Congress in 1826, and gave a zealous support to Mr. Adams's administration. He was subsequently for four years a member of the Senate of that State, and again, in 1841 – 43, a member of Congress. At the first judicial election he was raised to the bench of the Supreme Court, from the active duties of which office he retired last fall, on account of ill health.

Feb. 23. - In Washington, D. C., Gen. John McNiell, Surveyor of the Port of Boston, and a brave and efficient officer in the war of 1812.

March 31.- In Washington, D. C., Dr. Alexander Mc Williams, aged 75. He was born in St. Mary's County, Maryland, entered the navy in 1801, and, having served during the Tripolitan war, resigned in 1806, since which time he had resided in Washington, in the practice of his profession. He was the oldest living practitioner of medicine in that city, as he would have been the oldest surgeon in the navy had he remained in the service. He was one of the founders of the Columbian Institute as well as of the National Institute. He spent his life in the unostentatious exercise of the impulses of his generous and 'noble heart, and in the indulgence of his free and strong tastes for natural science.

June 9. -- In Portsmouth, N. H., John Melcher, aged 90, the oldest practical printer in New Hampshire, and probably in the United States. In 1793, he commenced the paper which now bears the name of the Portsmouth Journal. Mr. Melcher enjoyed the patronage of the State printing ; he printed the first bound

« ՆախորդըՇարունակել »