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ments of Geology," (1878,) "Sight," (1881,) "A
Compend of Geology," (1884,) "Evolution and its
Relation to Religious Thought," (1888,) and a large
number of important scientific papers.

Le Conte, (LEWIS,) M.D., an American scientist
born near Shrewsbury, N.J., August 4, 1782. He gradu-
ated at Columbia College in 1799, and became a resident
of Georgia. He was eminent as a chemist, zoologist
botanist, and mathematician. Died January 9, 1838.

Leconte de Lisle, (CHARLES MARIE,) a French
poet, born in the Isle of Bourbon in 1818. He pro-
duced " Poemes antiques," (1852,) "Poesies nou-
velles," (1854,) "Poemes barbares," (1862,) and
"Poemes tragiques," (1884,) and translated many
of the Greek authors. His beauties of style exer-
cised a profound influence on the younger poets. He
was elected to the French Academy in 1886. Died July
17, 1894.

Lecoq or Le Coq, leh-kok', (HENRI,) a French nat-
uralist, born at Avesnes (Nord) in 1802. He wrote
treatises on geology, chemistry, and botany. His most
important work is " Studies on the Botanical Geography
of Europe," (7 vols., 1854-57.) Died August 4, 1871.

Le Coq, (THOMAS,) a beneficed cleric of Falaise, ir
Normandy, who in 1580 produced "Cain," a play 01
mystery of unusual merits.

Lecoq de Boiabaudran, leh-kok' deh bwa'bo'dRON',
(PAUL EMILE FRANCOIS,) a French chemist, born al
Cognac, in 1838, of a Protestant family. Possessed ot
great wealth, he devoted himself to chemical researches.
He discovered the metal "gallium," and named it with
a double reference to his country (Latin "Gallia") and
to his own name, (Lecoq, in Latin " Callus.") He
published " Spectres lumineux, Spectres prismatiques,"
(1874,) etc.

Lecoq, von, fon leh-kok', (KARL CHRISTIAN ERD-
MANN EDLER,) an able German general, born at Torgvj
in 1767. He fought for the French at Wagram in 1809,
and commanded a division of Saxon troops in the Rus-
sian campaign of 1812. After 1815 he received the
chief command of the Saxon army. Died in 1830.

Le Courayer or Le Courrayer. See COURAYER, IB.

Lecourbe or Le Courbe, leh-kooRb', (CLAUDE
JOSEPH,) a French general, born at Lons-le-Saulnier in
1760. In 1799 he defeated the Austrians in Switzerland.
Having been selected by Moreau to command the right
wing of his army in 1800, he distinguished himself at
Hochstadt and other places. On account of his attach-
ment to Moreau, he was deprived of command in 1804.
Died in 1815.

Lecouvreur or Le Couvreur, leh-koov'rUR', (ADRi-
ENNE,) a popular French actress, born near Epernay
about 1690. She excelled in tragedy, and was a great
favourite in Paris from 1717 until her death. Voltaire
and other poets offered poetical homage to her talents.
Died in 1730.

See SAINTE-BEUVE, "Causeries du Lundi."

Lect, lekt, [Lat LEC'TIUS,] (JACQUES,) a learned
Swiss jurisconsult, born in 1560, at Geneva. He obtained
a chair of law in that city in 1583, and the next year was
chosen a member of the council of state. In the critical
times which followed he showed firmness and ability.
He wrote several legal works, an edition of" Poetse Grzc
veteres Carminis heroici Scriptores," (1606,) and shor
Latin poems, " Poemata Varia," (1609.) Died in 1611.

Lectius. See I.zcr.

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Lecurieux, leh-ku're'uh',(jACQUES JOSEPH,) a French
historical painter, born at Dijon in 1801. Among his
works are " Saint Louis at Damietta," and " Mary of

Le'da, [Gr. A^<!a,] the wife of Tyndareus, King of
Sparta, and mother of Castor, Pollux, Helen, and Cly-
temnestra. According to the popular legend, two of
these were the offspring of Jupiter, who, when he visited
Leda, assumed the form of a swan.

Le Dain, leh daN, (OuviER,) a Flemish barber, who
became a favourite of Louis XI. of France. He was
hung by Charles VIII. in 1484.

Ledebour, von, fon la'deh-booR',(KARL FRIEDRICH,)
an eminent German botanist, born at Stralsund in 1785.
He was professor of botany at Dorpat from 181 1 to 1836,
and, after a journey to the Altai Mountains, published
" Flora Altaica," (4 vols., 1829-34.) His " Flora Rossica"
(3 vols., 1842-51) is regarded as the best work that has
appeared on the flora of Russia. He also published
" Illustrations of New Russian Plants, in five hundred
coloured plates," (5 vols., 1829-34.) Died in 1851.

Ledebur, von, fon la'deh-booR', (LEOPOLD KARL
WILHELM AUGUST,) a German writer, born at Berlin
in 1799, published a number of geographical, historical,
and antiquarian works. Died November 17, 1877.

Ledeganck, la'deh-gink, (KAREL,) a Belgian poet of
remarkable talents, born in 1805 ; died in 1847.

Lederlin, leh-deVIaN', QEAN HENRI,) a French
philologist, born at Strasburg in 1672. He published
editions of the "Onomasticon," by Pollux, of Elian's
History, (1713,) and of other works. Died in 1737.

Ledermuller, la'der-mttl'ler, (MARTIN FROBENIUS,) *
German, distinguished for his researches with the micro-
scope, was born at Nuremberg in 1719. He published
" Microscopic Studies," ( 1 759,) and " Microscopic Amuse-
ments," (" Mikroskopische Gemiiths- und Augenergbt-
zen," 3 vols., 1760-64,) often reprinted. Died in 1769.

Ledesma, de, da la-Des'ma, (ALONZO,) a Spanish
poet, born at Segovia in 1552. He was a disciple of
Gongora, and, notwithstanding the obscurity and othei
defects of his poetry, acquired a high reputation. Lope
de Vega, in his " Laurel d'Apollo," mentions him in
favourable terms. He published " Spiritual Thoughts,"
("Conceptos Espirituales," 1600-16,) and other poems.
Died in 1623.

See TICKNOR, " History of Spanish Literature ;" LONGFELLOW,
"Poets and Poetry of Europe."

Ledesma, de, (JosS,) a Spanish painter, born at Bur-
gos in 1630; died in 1670.

Ledieu, leh-de-uh', (FRANCOIS,) ABB*, a French
ecclesiastic, born at Peronne, was private secretary to
the celebrated Bossuet, Bishop of Meaux. He wrote
" Memoirs of the Life and Works of Bossuet," (4 vols.,
1856.) Died in 1713.

Ledochowski, le'd'g-Kov'ske, (MiECiSLAS HALKA,)
CARDINAL and COUNT, a Polish prelate, born of a noble
family at Cork, October 29, 1822. He studied at War-
saw, entered the Lazarist order, and finished his studies
at Vienna and Rome, where he became a domestic prel-
ate and prothonotary to Pius IX. and was attached to
several foreign nunciatures. In 1861 he was appointed
Archbishop of Thebes and nuncio to Belgium, and in 1866
became Archbishop of Gnesen and Posen and Primate
of Poland. For his strenuous resistance to the German
laws interfering with church liberty he was imprisoned,
1874-76, and was heavily fined, and then banished. In
1875 he was created a cardinal-priest. In 1892 he
was appointed prefect of the Propaganda.

Ledoux, leh-doo', (CLAUDE NICOLAS,) a French
architect, born at Dormans in 1736. The most remark-
able monuments of his invention are the Barrieres
of Paris. He published a "Treatise on Architecture."
Died in 1806.

Ledran, leh-dRoN', (HENRI FRANCOIS,) an eminent
French surgeon, born in Paris in 1685, became a Fellow
of the Royal Society of London. He wrote, besides other
professional works, a "Treatise on Lithotomy," (1730,)
"Observations on Surgery," (1731,) and "Practical Re-
flections on Gunshot Wounds," (1737.) Died in 1770.

Ledru, leh-dRu', (ANDRS PIERRE,) a French priest

and naturalist, born in Maine in 1761, was employed
as botanist in Baudin's expedition to the Canaries and
the Antilles in 1796. He wrote several works. Died
about 1825.

Ledru, (NICOLAS PHILIPPE,) a French experimentet
in natural philosophy, born in Paris in 1731, was a
grandfather of Ledru-Rollin. He made discoveries in
magnetism. Died in 1807.

Ledru-Rollin, le-dru' rol'lin or leh-dRu' ro'lSN',
(ALEXANDRE AUGUSTE,) a distinguished French socialist
and radical republican, born in Paris in 1808. His family
name was Ledru, to which he added that of Rollin. He
became an advocate about 1830, and was employed as
counsel for the defence in many political trials between
1832 and 1848. In 1841 he was elected to the Chamber
of Deputies by the voters of Mans, and became the chief
orator of the extreme gauche, or ultra-democrats. As a
tribune and popular agitator he was distinguished for his
audacity and vehemence, but had not much influence
in the Chamber. He founded " La ReTorme," a political
journal, and took a prominent part at the reform ban-
quets of 1847.

During the Revolution of February, 1848, he entered
the Chamber when the regency of the Duchess of Or-
leans was under discussion. By the exertion of great
physical force he occupied the tribune, and, amidst the
violent tumult, spoke against the regency. He was chosen
by acclamation as a member of the provisional govern-
ment, and became minister of the interior. (See LAMAR
FINE.) His measures in this capacity were not approved
by the majority of his colleagues. He was censured for
an attempt to proscribe the defeated party ; but he is said
to have saved the government from the violence of the
insurgents on the i6th of April. At the election of five
members of the executive commission by the Assembly
in May, he was the lowest of the successful candidates,
receiving four hundred and fifty-eight votes out of about
eight hundred. He owed this election to the influence
of Lamartine. He lost his popularity with the masses,
and retired from power in June, 1848, when Cavaignac
became dictator. In December, 1848, Ledru-Rollin re-
ceived only 370,119 votes for president, having failed to
obtain the support of the socialists. He was the chief
of the "Mountain" in the Assemblies of 1848 and 1849,
to the latter of which he was elected by five departments,
and made eloquent speeches against the government
In June, 1849, he demanded the impeachment of the
president, and, when this was refused, called on his
partisans to rise in arms. The few who obeyed this call
were quickly dispersed by the troops, and Ledru-Rollin
escaped to England, where he remained many years. In
his absence he was condemned to deportation. He pub
lished a book "On the Decline of England," (2 vols.,
1850,) and united with Kossuth and Mazzini to form a
revolutionary committee for the promotion of the demo-
cratic cause in Europe. Among his publications is
" French Jurisprudence," etc., (" Jurisprudence Fran-
caise, ou Repertoire du Journal du Palais," 8 vols.,
1843-48.) Availing himself of the general amnesty, he
returned to France in 1870. Died December 31, 1874.

See N.GALLOIS, " Vie politique de Ledru-Rollin," 1850; " Black-
wood's Magazine" for August, 1850 ; " Nouvelle Biographic Ge'ne'-

Lednc or Le Duo, leh-diik', (JAN,) a Dutch painter
and engraver, bom at the Hague about 1638, was a pupil
and skilful imitator of Paul Potter. He painted interiors,
guard-rooms, robbers, etc. About 1671 he entered the
army, in which he obtained the rank of captain, and
abandoned his art.

Led'wich, (EDWARD,) an Irish antiquary, born in
1739, became vicar of Aghaboe. He published a valu-
able work entitled "The Antiquities of Ireland," (1794,)
and a few other treatises. He offended many of his
countrymen by denying the truth of the legend of Saint
Patrick. Died in 1823.

Led'yard, (JOHN,) a celebrated American traveller,
born at Groton, in Connecticut, in 1751. At an early
age he took passage as a common sailor on a vessel
bound for Gibraltar, and thence repaired to London,
where in 1776 he set sail with Captain Cook on his third
voyage around the world. After his return, in 1780, he

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published a journal of the voyage, including an account
of the circumstances attending the death of Captain
Cook. Having projected an expedition to the Arctic
regions, he set out in 1786, and, after a journey of great
hardships, he arrived at Irkootsk in January, 1787. Here
he was arrested as a spy by order of the empress, and
forbidden again to enter Russia. He next went to Lon-
don, where he was most kindly received by Sir Joseph
Banks, and in June, 1788, under the patronage of the
African Association, set out on a voyage of discovery
to Central Africa. He reached Cairo in August, but,
while making preparations for his journey, was attacked
by a fever, of which he died. The news of his death
was heard with deep regret by his friends in England,
who had formed the highest opinion of his qualifica-
tions for the arduous task of African exploration. He
was described by Mr. Beaufoy, secretary of the African
Association, as " adventurous beyond the conception of
ordinary men, yet wary and considerate, and appeared
to be formed by nature for achievements of hardihood
and peril."

for October, 1828; CLEVELAND, "Compendium of American Litera-

Ledyard, (WILLIAM,) COLONEL, an American officer,
born in Connecticut about 1750, commanded at Fort
Griswold during the attack made by the British in 1781.
He was brutally stabbed by the English commander,
Major Bromfield, after he had delivered up to him his
sword. He was an uncle of the distinguished traveller
John Ledyard.

Lee, (ALFRED,) an American theologian, born at
Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1807, was consecrated
Protestant Episcopal Bishop of Delaware in 1841. He
published a " Life of the Apostle Peter," and a " Life of
Saint John." In 1884 he became presiding bishop of
his church. Died April 12, 1887.

Lee, (ANNE,) founder of the sect called Shakers, was
born at Manchester, in England, in 1735. Having re-
moved to America, she settled near Albany, New York
where she gathered a number of proselytes around her
She taught many strange doctrines, among others, that
all marriage is sinful, and is to be shunned under all
circumstances. She was usually styled by her fol-
lowers "Mother Anne." She died in 1784. Among
the principal settlements made by her followers are those
at New Lebanon, near Albany, and at Harvard, Massa-

See ALLEN'S "American Biographical Dictionary."

Lee, (ARTHUR,) an American statesman and revolu-
tionist, born in Westmoreland county, Virginia, in 1740,
was a brother of Richard Henry Lee. He studied medi-
cine in Edinburgh, and subsequently became a student
of law in London. He there published a number of
eloquent political essays, under the name of "Junius
Americanus," in which he advocated the cause of the
American people. He was sent as minister to France
in 1776; and, in conjunction with Franklin and Deane,
he negotiated a treaty with the French. He was recalled
in 1779. After his return he was elected to Congress
in 1782, and was subsequently made a counsellor of the
supreme court of the United States, and a member of
the board of treasury, (1784.) He was never married.
He was a good classical scholar, and an intimate friend of
Sir William Jones. Died in 1792.

See R. H. LEE, "Life of Arthur Lee," 2 vols., 1829; "North
American Review" for April, 1830 ; " Encyclopaedia Americana."

Lee, (CHARLES,) a distinguished officer in the American
Revolutionary war, was a native of Wales. Having served
for a time in the British army, he removed to America.
He was appointed major-general by Congress in June,
1775. In 1776 he was appointed to the chief command
of the Southern colonies. He was surprised and taken

frisoner by the English while marching through New
ersey to join Washington in Pennsylvania, (December,
1776;) but after the surrender of Burgoyne, in October,
1777, he was exchanged. Having disobeyed General
Washington's orders at the battle of Monmouth, in 1778,
he was tried by a court-martial, and suspended from

service for a year. Died in 1782. General Lee was the
author of several political works.

See " Encyclopaedia Americana."

Lee, (EDWARD,) an English prelate, born in Kent in
1482. He became chaplain of Henry VIII., who em-
ployed him in several diplomatic missions. In 1529
he was sent to Rome to negotiate for the divorce of the
Icing, and in 1531 was appointed Archbishop of York.
He opposed the doctrines of Luther, but favoured the
nnovations which Henrv VIII. made in the Church.
He wrote " Epicedia Clarorum Virorum," and other
works in Latin. Died in 1544.

Lee, ( ELIZA BUCKMINSTER, ) an American writer,
daughter of the Rev. Joseph Buckminster, was born at
Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Among her principal
works are " Sketches of a New England Village," and
"Naomi, or Boston Two Hundred Years Ago." She
translated several works from the German. Died in

Lee, (FiTZ-HuGH,) an American general, a nephew
of General Robert E. Lee, a grandson of Henry (" Light-
Horse Harry") Lee, of Revolutionary fame, and a great-
grandson (on his mother's side) of George Mason the
author of the Virginia Bill of Rights, was born in Vir-
ginia in 1835. He graduated at West Point in 1856,
and at the outbreak of the civil war became general
of cavalry in the Confederate army. He was elected
Governor of Virginia in 1885, and was United States
consul at Havana from 1893 till the war with Spain in
1898. He was then appointed major-general, com-
manding the Seventh Army Corps, and after the war
was made military governor of Havana province.

Lee, (FRANCIS LIGHTFOOT,) an American statesman
and patriot, born in Westmoreland county, Virginia, in
October, 1734, was a younger brother of Richard Henry
Lee. He inherited a large estate, and married a daugh-
ter of Colonel John Tayloe in 1772. He was elected to
the General Congress in 1 775, and signed the Declaration
of Independence in 1776. Having been re-elected, he
continued to serve in Congress until 1779. He was too
diffident to gain distinction as a debater, but took an
active part in legislative business. Died without issue,
at Richmond, in 1797. He was eminent for conversa-
tional powers, and was a general favourite in society.

Lee, (^REDBRICK GEORGE,) D.D., D.C.L., an English
divine, born at Thame, Oxfordshire, January 6, 1832.
He graduated at Saint Edmund's Hall, Oxford, with high
honours, studied divinity at Cuddesden College, and re-
ceived priest's orders in the Established Church in 1856.
He is a High Churchman of the extremest school. He
has published several volumes of religious poetry, and a
large number of devotional and theological books and

Lee, (FREDERICK RICHARD,) a popular English land-
scape-painter, born at Barnstaple about 1800. He began
to exhibit at the Royal Academy about 1824, and was
chosen an Academician in 1838. He is most successful
in river-scenery and in landscapes where trees are promi-
nent objects. Among his works are "The Mill," "The
Storm on the Lake," " The Avenue of Shobrooke Park,"
" The Bay of Biscay," etc. Died at Cape Town, June 4,

Lee, (GEORGE ALEXANDER,) an English vocalist,
manager, and musical composer, born in London in
1802. In 1825 he appeared as a tenor-singer at the
Dublin Theatre, and in 1826 at the Haymarket Theatre
in London. He was successively manager of several
London theatres. He composed music lor many dra-
matic pieces, and also produced songs and ballads that
were popular in their day. Died in 1851.

Lee, (GEORGE WASHINGTON CUSTIS,) a son of General
Robert E. Lee, was born at Fortress Monroe, Virginia,
September 16, 1832. He graduated at West Point Mil-
itary Academy in 1854, served, 1854-61, in the United
States army, and, 1861-65, '" ' ne Confederate Army of
Northern Virginia, attaining the rank of general. He
was professor of military engineering at the Virginia
Military Institute 1865-71, and from 1871 to 1897
was president of Washington and Lee University.

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Lee, (HANNAH F.,) an American novelist and mis-
cellaneous writer, born at Newburyport, Massachusetts.
Her "Three Experimerts of Living," published in 1838,
passed through numerous editions both in America and
Europe. Among her works are "Grace Seymour,"
"Eleanor Fulton," "Luther and his Times," and a
"History of Sculpture and Sculptors." Died in 1865.

Lee, (HARRIET,) an English writer of fiction, was
born in London in 1756. In partnership with her sister
Sophia, she taught school for many years (1780-1803)
at Bath. After publishing "Clara Lennox" and other
novels, which are now neglected, she produced between
1797 and 1805 five volumes of the "Canterbury Tales,"
which were very successful. Died in 1851. Lord Byron,
referring to " Kruitzner" in Lee's " Canterbury Tales,"
(from which he took the subject of his " Werner,") says,
" I am not sure it ever was very popular ; . . . but I
have generally found that those who had read it agreed
with me in their estimate of the singular power of mind
and conception which it develops. . . . Amongst those
whose opinions agreed with mine upon this story I could
mention some very high names." (See Preface to the
tragedy of " Werner.")

Lee, (HENRY,) an eminent American general, born in
Westmoreland county, Virginia, in January, 1756. His
father, Henry Lee, was a first-cousin of Richard Henry
Lee. He became a captain of cavalry in 1776, joined
the main army in September, 1777, and performed several
daring exploits. He captured a British fort at Paulus
Hook in July, 1779. He was raised to the rank of lieu-
tenant-colonel about 1780, after which year he served in
the army of General Greene as an officer of cavalry. He
rendered important services at Guilford Court-House,
March, 1781, and at the attack on Fort Ninety-Six. His
legion of cavalry also contributed to the victory at Eutaw
Springs, September 8, 1781. He was appointed a dele-
gate to the General Congress in 1786, and was elected
Governor of Virginia in 1791 or 1792. He was again a
member of Congress in 1799, and was selected by Con-
gress to pronounce a eulogy on Washington, whom he
characterized as " first in war, first in peace, and first in
the hearts of his countrymen." He wrote about the yeat
1809 valuable " Memoirs of the War in the Southern
States." In 1814 he was severely injured by a Baltimore
mob, against which he fought to defend a printing-office
and editor. He never recovered from this injury, and
died in Georgia in March, 1818, leaving four sons,
Henry, Charles C., Robert E., (the famous general,) and
Sidney Smith. He was often called LIGHT- HORSE
HARRY. In a letter to Henry Lee, General Greene
wrote, "Everybody knows I have the highest opinion ol
you as an officer. . . . No man in the progress of the
campaign had equal merit with yourself."

See DUYCKINCK, " Cyclopzdia of American Literature," vol.
" Encyclopaedia Americana."

Lee, (HENRY WASHINGTON,) D.D., LL.D., an Amer-
ican bishop, born at Hamden, Connecticut, July 24, 1815,
became a teacher, and took orders in the Episcopal
Church in 1839. In 1854 he was consecrated Bishop of
Iowa. Died at Davenport, Iowa, September 16, 1874.

Lee, (JESSE,) an American Methodist divine, born
in Virginia in 1758, was for many years a chaplain to
Congress. Died in 1816.

Lee, (JOHN,) D.D., a Scottish professor of divinity,
born about 1780. He became principal of the University
of Edinburgh about 1840, and afterwards professor of
divinity there. Died in 1859.

Lee, (LEROY MADISON,) D.D., an American clergy-
man of the Methodist Episcopal Church, born at Peters-
burg, Virginia, in 1808. He published several religious
works, and in 1836 became editor of the Richmond
"Christian Advocate." Died April 21, 1882.

Lee, (LUTHER,) D.D., an eminent American divine
of the Methodist Episcopal Church, was born in Scho-
harie county, New York, in 1800. He was editor of the
"New England Christian Advocate" and "The True
Wesleyan," and from 1856 to 1867 was connected with
Adrian College. He published " Slavery Examined li-
the Light of the Bible," "The Immortality of the Soul,'
etc. Died December 13, 1889.

Lee, (MARY E.,) born at Charleston, South Carolina,
n 1813, was the author of "Tales from History," and
made a number of translations from the French, Italian.
and German. Died in 1849.

See GRISWOLD, "Female Poets of America."

Lee, (NATHANIEL,) an English dramatist, born about
1658. After he had appeared as an actor on the London
stage without success, he composed thirteen tragedies,
two of which viz., "Alexander the Great" and "Theo-
dosius" obtained public favour. He was confined in
Bedlam for insanity in 1684, and released about 1688.
Died in 1691. His imagination is extravagant, and in-
clined to bombast. " Among our modern English poets,"
says Addison, "there is none who was better turned for

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