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Mass. ; and in July, 1842, to Cambridge ; which place was his
residence until the summer previous to his death. He was fitted
for college at the Hopkins Classical School in Cambridge, under
Edmund Burke Whitman (H.C. 1838), now of Kansas. He


graduated with high honors. In the winter of his junior year,
he taught school in Scussett ( Sandwich, Mass.). After gradu
ating, he taught with great success a private classical school in
Portsmouth, N.H., for two years; in the mean time pursuing
the study of law, which he subsequently continued and com
pleted at the Law School in Cambridge. Having been admitted
to the bar, he, in partnership with his classmate, Payson Elliot
Tucker, opened an office in Worcester, Mass., in the summer of
1859. About two months afterwards, he was seized with
typhoid-fever, of which he died after a brief illness. He was
brilliant, witty, learned, of stern integrity and high moral char

1855. ANDREW LAMMEY YONGUE was killed on the Char
lotte and South-Carolina Railroad, at Columbia, S.C., 17
November, 1859, aged 31. He was the youngest of three
children (the others, a brother named Robert A., and a sister
named Sarah) of William and Elizabeth (Lammey) Yongue,
and was born in Buckhead, Fairneld District, S.C., 12 April,
1828. Both his parents died several years since. His father
died 13 November, 1842, aged 77 years; and his mother died
19 January, 1844. He was prepared for South-Carolina Col
lege at the Mount-Zion Collegiate Institute, J. W. Hudson,
principal, Winnsborough , S.C. He entered the sophomore
class of the South-Carolina College, December, 1851 ; and left,
December, 1852, with one hundred and ten others, who were
compelled to leave on account of what is known as the " Biscuit
Rebellion." He entered the sophomore class of Harvard Col
lege, March, 1853. It was his intention, after graduation, to
prepare for the ministry : but his health became delicate from
exposure during his residence at college, and passing to and fro,
so that, in a measure, he had to give up study, and he settled
on a farm inherited from his father ; but becoming embarrassed by
the deaths of his negroes, and other misfortunes, he was forced
to change his business. He then taught school for eighteen
months, with a view still for the ministry, if his health would
permit. To raise further funds to enable him to carry out his
purpose, he obtained the situation of conductor on the Charlotte

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and South-Carolina Railroad. About three months after enter
ing upon his new duties, he met with the unfortunate accident
which terminated his life. lie attempted to step on the train
while in motion : his foot slipped, and he fell under the cars ; the
wheels passed over both his legs. One was taken off above
the knee, and the other broken above the ankle. This was on
the 16th of November; and he died the next day. He bore
his suffering with great patience, and not a murmur escaped his
lips ; believing it was the will of his heavenly Father that he
should die thus, and for some good end. He died with a prayer
upon his lips, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." He was buried
at the Salem church, Fair-field District, of which he was a mem
ber. He was never married.

One calamity follows another in quick succession. Robert
A. Yongue, the only brother of Andrew L., died on the 4th of
February, 1860 ; having been left by the cars seven miles from
Charleston, while warming himself at a fire by the road ; and in
attempting to walk over a high trestle (thirty feet) , stepping on
a rotten plank which gave way, he fell through the distance men
tioned, on stumps, and into water four feet deep. His remains
were not found until the next day. The expression of Andrew
L. Yongue, that his death was for some good end, was verified :
for his brother, who had been thoughtless of his latter end, was
almost inconsolable at his death ; from that period became a
changed man ; and there was good reason to believe that he was
prepared for the sudden and unexpected death that awaited him.
He was a graduate at the South-Carolina College some years
ago. He left a widow and two children to mourn their irre
parable loss.

Their sister Sarah, the only surviving member of the family,
became the wife of David Milling, Esq., of Mill View, Fairfield
District, S.C. ; where he at one time held the office of post
master. She was in feeble and delicate health after the melan
choly deaths of her brothers, following each other in so quick

1857. EDWARD THOMAS DAMON, of AVayland, Mass.,
died in Cambridge, Mass., of small-pox, 30 November, 1859,


aged 25. He was son of Thomas Jefferson and Rachel
(Thomas) Damon, and was born in Wayland, 19 April, 1834.
He began his preparatory studies for college at Lawrence
Academy in Groton, Mass. ; and completed them under the
instruction of Mrs. Samuel Ripley, of Concord, Mass. He
graduated with distinguished honors. After leaving college, he
began the study of medicine, at the Medical School in Boston,
under the instruction of Drs. John Ware (H.C. 1813) and
Morrill and Jeffries Wyman (H.C. 1833) ; and, while attending
the course of medical lectures, he was attacked with that loath
some disease which terminated his life. He was a great favorite
wherever he was known ; and his premature removal, just as a
brilliant prospect for the future was opening before him, was
a sad affliction to his parents and other relatives, as well as to
his classmates and many friends.

1857. GEORGE HOLLINGS WORTH died in Groton, Mass.,
8 August, 1859, aged 23. He was son of John Mark and
Emmeline (Cornell) Hollingsworth, and was born in Braintree,
Mass., 29 July, 1836. He entered the Boston Latin School at
the age of ten ; and, after remaining there somewhat over two
years, left, upon the removal of his parents to West Cambridge ;
and there he completed his preparatory studies for admission into
college, under the instruction of a private tutor. He taught school
during the winter of 1857-8, and subsequently was engaged in
the paper-manufacturing business with his father in Groton.

1858. AMORY POLLARD SAWYER died in Bolton, Mass.,
20 May, 1860, aged 26. He was son of Nathan and Lucinda
(Pollard) Sawyer, and was born in Bolton, 30 October, 1833.
He was fitted for college at the high-school in Bolton. The
disease by which he was so prematurely taken away was con
sumption, the incipient symptoms of which appeared during
his junior year at college ; and nearly the whole of his senior
year he was absent from Cambridge, returning only to join in
the festivities of Class-day. While his health permitted, he
was a diligent and faithful student ; of modest, unassuming de
portment ; winning the love of his classmates and the regard of
his instructors.

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1859. HEXRY HUSTON ABBOTT died in Charlestown,
Mass., of typhoid-fever, after an illness of eight days, 22 July,
1859, aged 23. He was the eldest son of John Gilman and
Sophia (Huston) Abbott, and was born in Charlestown, 18
July, 1836. His father was a native of Concord, N.H., and
was born 27 March, 1812. His mother was born in Farming-
ton, Me., 23 December, 1814. Young Abbott pursued his
preparatory studies at the high-school in Charlestown. While
in college, he was a diligent student, constant in his attendance
at all recitations, modest in his demeanor, and exemplary in his
conduct. He made extraordinary exertions to secure the advan
tages of a college education, intending afterwards to devote him
self to the business of a teacher. But he was cut off in the
dawning of his hopes : death marked him as the first victim in
his class. His degree was conferred upon him : he was per
mitted, while on his death-bed, to look at his diploma; but, within
forty-eight hours from his graduation, he ceased to live.




1795. Rev. CALEB BRADLEY died in Westbrook, Me.,
2 June, 1861, aged 89 years. He was son of Deacon Amos
and Elizabeth (Page) Bradley, and was born in that part of
Dracut which is now within the limits of Lowell, Mass, 12
March, 1772. His parents were natives of Haverhill, Mass.
He labored on his father s farm until he was seventeen years of
age ; when he began the study of the Latin language, under the
instruction of Eev. Solomon Aiken, of Dracut (D.C. 1784).
He afterwards studied for three months with Rev. Simon Finley
Williams, in Methuen (D.C. 1785). The next year, he en
tered Atkinson (N.H.) Academy, where he completed his pre
paratory studies ; and in August, 1791, he entered Dartmouth
College, where he remained two years ; when he left, and en
tered the junior class in Harvard College ; where he graduated,
in due course, with a respectable standing. In an autobiog
raphy, he stated, that, while in college, he "was never absent
from prayers, nor from any of the college exercises ; was never
admonished or fined." Immediately after graduating, he began
the study of divinity with Rev. Henry Cumings, of Billerica,
Mass. (H.C. 1760). Within a year afterwards, he was appro
bated by the Andover Association, and preached his first sermon
in Billerica. He was ordained pastor of the church in Fal-
mouth (now Westbrook), Me., 9 October, 1799. He con
tinued his pastoral labors in this place, with great diligence and
fidelity, until 28 April, 1828, when he resigned his charge ;
and, on the following day, the Rev. Henry Cushing Jewett
(B.U. 1824) was ordained as his successor. The society were
desirous that Mr. Bradley should remain as senior pastor, and
that Mr. Jewett should be settled as his colleague ; but he pre
ferred to be relieved from the burdens and responsibilities of the

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pastoral charge. He did not, however, give up preaching, but
continued his ministerial labors. For more than six years, he
officiated as chaplain at the city poor-house in Portland, and was
twice delegated by the Maine Missionary Society to act as
missionary in the county of Cumberland ; and he continued to
preach occasionally in various places.

He married, 16 November, 1801, Sally Crocker, of Taun-
ton, Mass. She died 27 April, 1821, leaving six children.
He married for his second wife, in 1827, Mrs. Susan Partridge
(widow of Nathaniel Partridge), whose maiden name was
Susan Smith, originally from Wrentham, Mass. She died 3
November, 1843 ; and he married for his third wife, 26 De
cember, 1844, Mrs. Abigail Codman, widow of James Codman,
Esq., of Gorham, Me. She died 17 August, 1854. She was
a native of Halifax, Mass.

1797. Hon. DANIEL APPLETON WHITE died in Salem,
Mass., 30 March, 1861, aged 84 years. He was son of Capt.
John and Elizabeth (Haynes) White, and was born in that part
of Methuen which is now the city of Lawrence, 7 June, 1776.
In June, 1792, he entered the academy in Atkinson, N.H.,
where he was fitted for college. He graduated with the high
est honors of his class. With a love of sound learning and
classic literature, his mind was richly imbued with the element
ary course of college-life, and formed a sure foundation for
future progress in intellectual culture. In 1799, he was ap
pointed a tutor in the Latin department of the college ; which
post he occupied until 1803. During that time, he had entered
his name as a student-of-law in the office of Francis Dana
Channing, of Cambridge (H.C. 1794). He was always deeply
interested in the success of the college ; and as a general
supervisor of all its concerns, as a temporary member of the
faculty, and member of the board of overseers, he never lost
sight of its interests. In September, 1803, he went to Salem
for a year, and entered the law-office of Hon. Samuel Putnam
(H.C. 1787), afterwards judge of the Supreme Court. In
Judge Putnam s office, the late Hon. John Pickering (H.C.
1796) was a fellow-student ; and, jointly with that distinguished


scholar, young White prepared, for the use of the college, an
editon of " Sallust," which was published by Gushing and
Appleton ; but the whole edition, as soon as it was ready for
delivery, was destroyed by fire. In 1804, Judge White was
admitted to the Essex bar, and established himself in the prac
tice of law, in Newburyport, in the days when there were
legal giants in Essex, and when his discipline and well-stored
mind insured for him a successful practice. At this interesting
period of our political history, his talents and discretion drew
him into the arena of political life ; and, from 1810 to 1814, he
was a conspicuous member of the senate of Massachusetts, under
the administration of Gov. Strong ; and was a firm supporter of
his patriotic and practical policy. In November, 1814, he was
elected a member of Congress from Essex North District, and
commissioned ; but, before the meeting of Congress, he re
signed, to accept the office of judge of probate, to which he
was appointed by Gov. Strong, upon the resignation of Judge
Holten, in May, 1815. In 1817, he moved to Salem, where
he passed the remainder of his life ; continuing to fill the office
of probate-judge, with uncommon ability, until he resigned it in
the summer of 1853 ; blessed with an old age, serene and
bright to the latest moment ; and enjoying, by universal consent,
the distinction of being regarded as, beyond dispute, the first
citizen in the community where he resided.

Judge White s vast literary resources were always at the
command of his friends and the public ; and he was the dis
penser of a liberal hospitality, and the patron of every good
enterprise moral, aesthetic, and educational which tended to
foster the highest interests of the community. He was one of
the founders and directors of the Divinity School at Cam
bridge ; was an overseer of Harvard College from 1842 to
1853 ; delivered the address at the second meeting of the
Association of the Alumni in 1844. He was the founder of
the lyceum in Salem ; was the president of the athenaeum,
and presided over the Essex Institute from its first establish
ment ; was a member of the Massachusetts Historical Society ;
of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences ; and received

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from Harvard College, in 1837, the degree of doctor of laws.
He delivered eulogies on the decease of Dr. Nathaniel Bowditch
and Hon. John Pickering. He was the author of several other
addresses and memoirs of great literary merit. Early in his
judicial career, he wrote a valuable book on probate jurisdiction.
As an author, he was master of a singularly clear and nervous
style, which was exhibited through a period of more than sixty
years. But it was in the intimate relations of family and friend
ship that his graces and excellences as a man and a Christian
were most remarkable ; and these were continued literally to the
the very last minute of his most consistent life, in loving recog
nitions, sentences of faith, and prayer, and hymns of praise.

Judge White married, first, 24 May, 1807, Mrs. Mary van
Schalkwyck, daughter of the late Dr. Josiah Wilder (Y.C.
1767), of Lancaster, Mass. She died 29 June, 1811 ; and he
married, second, in Salem, 1 August, 1819, Mrs. Eliza Wetmore,
daughter of William Orne, Esq., late of Salem, merchant.
She died 27 March, 1821 ; and he married, third, in Charles-
town, 22 January, 1824, Mrs. Ruth Rogers, daughter of
Joseph Hurd, Esq., late of Charlestown, merchant. He had,
by his first wife, three daughters ; by his second wife, one son,
William Orne White, graduated at Harvard College in 1840,
and became a Unitarian minister in Keene, N.H. ; by his third
wife, one son, Henry Orne White, who graduated at Har
vard College in 1843, and became a physician in Salem; also
two other sons, who died in infancy.

1.798. ISAAC FISKE died in Cambridge, Mass., 11 March,
1861, aged 82 years. He was the youngest son of Jonathan
and Abigail (Fiske) Fiske, and was born in Weston, Mass., 4
December, 1778. His father was son of Nathan and Mary
(Fiske) Fiske, and was born in Weston, 15 December, 1739.
His mother was daughter of Thomas and Mary (Pierce) Fiske,
and was born in Weston, 16 August, 1739. The ancestors and
brothers of Mr. Fiske were remarkable for their longevity.
Three of his brothers died at the ages respectively of 75
years, 92 years and 4 months, and 93 years and 6 months ; a
sister died at upwards of 86 years ; and a brother, now living,


has arrived at the age of 87 years. Mr. Fiske was fitted for
college by his brother, Rev. Thaddeus Fiske (H.C. 1785).
After leaving college, he studied law with Hon. Artemas Ward,
then of Weston (H.C. 1783) ; was admitted to the bar in 1801,
and succeeded to the lucrative business of Mr. Ward after the
removal of the latter to Charlestown. He approved himself
to be an example of constancy, skill, and fidelity, in his official
duties ; verifying the proverb of Solomon, that " the hand of the
diligent maketh rich." He was for more than thirty years
register of probate for the county of Middlesex, having been
appointed by Gov. Brooks in 1817. la transacting the busi
ness of this office, an office of great responsibility, he was
remarkable alike for accuracy and despatch, and no less for his
readiness to give advice and directions, when called for, to those
who were intrusted, as executors or administrators, with the
settlement of the estates of the deceased. In the midst of his
useful labors in this office, he was superseded in the year 1851,
in consequence of a political change in the administration of the
government of Massachusetts, in compliance with a usage not
uncommon, by which the public good is often sacrificed to party
preferences. It is believed that at the time of his death he was
the oldest member of the Middlesex bar, counting from the date
of admission ; and, in point of age, he was the oldest, with
one or two exceptions. He was elected representative to the
state legislature in 1808, 1812, 1813, and 1814. In 1820, he
was a member of the convention which revised the constitution
of Massachusetts. He was a justice of the Court of Sessions,
until that court was superseded by the appointment of county

He married, 7 November, 1802, Susan Hobbs, daughter -of
Ebenezer and Eunice (Spring) Hobbs, of Weston ; and the
issue of this marriage was six sons and one daughter, of whom
two sons only survived him. The oldest son, Augustus
Henry Fiske, graduated at Harvard College in 1825, and is a
distinguished lawyer in Boston. Mr. Fiske s wife died 8 Janu
ary, 1831, aged 48 ; and he married, in 1832, Sophronia Hobbs,
sister of his former wife, who survived him.

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1800. Rev. CHARLES LOWELL died in Cambridge, Mass.,
20 January, 1861, aged 78 years. He was son of Hon. John
(H.C. 1760) and Rebecca (Russell) Lowell, and was born in
Boston, 15 August, 1782. His father was son of Rev. John
Lowell (H.C. 1721) of Newbury, Mass., in which town he was
born 17 June, 1743. He was a lawyer in Boston; was a
member of the convention which framed the constitution of
Massachusetts ; and was one of the founders of the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1789, he was appointed,
by ^Washington, judge of the District Court of Massachusetts.
He died in Roxbury, Mass., 6 May, 1802, aged 58 years.

The subject of this notice was a student at Andover Academy
three or four years, under Abiel Abbot (H.C. 1787) and Mark
Newman (D.C. 1793) ; and was afterwards placed under the
instruction of Rev. Zedekiah Sawyer (H.C. 1771), in South
Bridgewater, where he completed his preparatory studies, and
entered the sophomore class in 1797. After leaving college, he
studied law one year with his elder brother, John Lowell, jun.
(H.C. 1786), when he relinquished it for the study of theology.
In the autumn of 1802, he went to Scotland, and entered the
divinity-school of the Edinburgh University, where, among his
fellow-students, was the renowned Sir David Brewster. He took
a letter of introduction from Dr. James Currie, of Liverpool,
to Dugald Stewart, whose lectures he attended, and whom he
considered, from the gracefulness and eloquence of his delivery,
the copiousness and beauty of his illustrations (often extem
poraneous), as the finest lecturer he had ever heard. He
also attended the lectures of Hope and Murray in chem
istry, of Brown in rhetoric, and of others. In Edinburgh,
he formed an intimate acquaintance and established a corre
spondence with Dr. Thomas Brown, the distinguished succes
sor, as he had been the pupil, of Dugald Stewart. He was
well acquainted with Francis Jeffrey, the editor of the "Edin
burgh Review." In the summer of 1803, he made a pedes
trian tour through the Highlands of Scotland ; and, after spend
ing another winter in Edinburgh, he left that city for London
in the spring of 1804. He took a letter of introduction from


Earl Buchan to Earl Stanhope, father of Lady Hester Stan
hope. He visited Porteus (bishop of London), Mr. Wilber-
force, and other distinguished persons ; from all of whom he
received great attentions. Wilberforce introduced him into a
favorable place in the House of Commons, where he heard Pitt,
Fox, Sheridan, and other distinguished men. Pitt, he said,
had a sharp face and a very large nose. In his manner he
was very vehement, and by no means graceful ; constantly
moving his body forward, and beating the air in the same direc
tion with his right arm. Fox was more calm, and somewhat
colloquial ; Sheridan, graceful in his manner, and speaking as
if reciting from a book. He also witnessed the performances
of John P. Kemble, and his sister, Mrs. Siddons. He attended
on the preaching, among others, of John Newton, and the eccen
tric but eloquent Eowland Hill.

From London, Dr. Lowell went to Paris at an eventful
period, and had frequent opportunities of seeing Napoleon
Bonaparte, who had just become emperor, and whose assump
tion of the imperial purple rendered him extremely unpopular.
He was present at the first appearance of Napoleon after he
was proclaimed emperor. He saw Talleyrand the day before
he died. After a tour through Holland and Switzerland, he
returned to Scotland, and spent another winter in Edinburgh.
In the spring of 1805, he left Edinburgh; passed a little time
with a maternal uncle at Clifton, near Bristol, Eng. ; preached
at Bristol and Hackney ; and returned to his native country.
On his return home, he studied divinity with Rev. Zedekiah
Sanger, of South Bridgewater, and Rev. David Tappan (H.C.
1771), professor of divinity at Cambridge. He was ordained
over the West Church in Boston, 1 January, 1806. As a
preacher, he was eminently popular ; and he was almost adored
by his parishioners. Graceful as an orator, with a voice of
uncommon sweetness, he preached with such an ardor and
sincerity, that he seemed to his hearers to be almost divinely
inspired. He continued sole pastor of the church for more
than thirty-seven years. His health having become feeble, the
Rev. Cyrus Augustus Bartol (Bowd. C. 1832) was ordained

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as his colleague, 1 March, 1837, where he still remains : but
Dr. Lowell continued his pastoral connection with his church
until his death ; although he was unable to officiate, except occa
sionally, for several years before his decease. Soon after his
colleague was ordained, he revisited Europe. In Edinburgh,
he met Dr. Brewster and others of his former fellow-students.
He spent a day very agreeably with Dr. Chalmers at Burnt
Island, two miles beyond the Frith of Forth. He was in Lon
don the first winter of his tour, and attended the lectures of
Dr. Faraday, as he had those of his predecessor, Sir Hum
phry Davy, many years before ; attended the meetings of the
Eoyal Society, and many other societies. He was a few months
in Paris, where he saw M. Coquerel and other distinguished
persons. He went to Belgium, Holland, Hamburg, Copen
hagen, where he met Prof. Rafn ; visited the falls of Trolhastta,
which are among the most remarkable in Europe. He con
tinued his tour to Pomerania, Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Bava
ria, the Rhone, Baden Baden, Switzerland, Mont Blanc ; crossed
Mont Cenis to Milan and Florence, and wintered at Rome. He
was presented to the pope in the winter of 1839 ; was present
at the fooleries of the carnival, and saw the magnificent spec
tacle of the illumination of St. Peter s. From Rome he went
to Genoa, Naples, Sicily, Switzerland, Mount Etna, Malta,

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