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he ministered to the church, once under the charge of Dr. Samuel
Hopkins, about three years ; ending in the course of the year
1829. In 1830, he removed to Murray, Orleans county, N.Y.,
and settled on a farm. He was afterwards formally installed
there as a pastor of a church. In November, 1853, he minis
tered to a parish in West Greece, N.Y., until March, 1856.



Afterward, when past the age of 70 years, he removed to Ohio,
and preached for two years from January, 1858, to a church
in Edinburgh, Portage county, O.

He married, 2 June, 1814, Betsey James, daughter of
William James, of Scituate. They had four sons, Charles
W., Josiah J., Francis, and Samuel, of whom only the first
named is living; he being a minister, settled in Madison, O.,
when his father died at his house. His wife died 30 April,
1852, at East Cleveland, O., also at the residence of their
only surviving son.

1808. EDWAKD FENWICK CAMPBELL died in Augusta,
Ga., 27 September, 1861, aged 75 years. He was son of
Macarton Campbell, a planter ; and was born in Augusta, Ga.,
25 January, 1786. He was fitted for college by Rev. Jona
than Homer (H.C. 1777), of Newton, Mass. He had the
tastes of a gentleman of fortune from Georgia. His habits were
good ; he made no efforts, apparently, to obtain college honors.
After graduating, he studied law, and was admitted to the bar in
Georgia, but never practised. He inherited a plantation and
much wealth from his father; also inherited many slaves, but
never bought or sold any. His residence was in Georgia, where
he occupied himself in cultivating his plantation. His character
was one of singular honor, delicacy, and generosity : he was a
very indulgent master.

He married, in 1814, Maria Hull, daughter of Gen. William
(Y.C. 1772) and Sarah Hull, of Newton, Mass. She died in
Augusta, Ga., in 1846. He never married again. His wife
prepared for publication a work entitled " Revolutionary Services
and Civil Life of Gen. William Hull ; prepared from his Manu
scripts, by his Daughter, Mrs. Maria Campbell." In an address
to the reader, she says, " Gen. Hull left behind him memoirs of
his revolutionary services, in manuscript, which he had written
for the gratification of his children and grandchildren. These
memoirs are the basis of the present work. His spirit pervades
the whole ; and my endeavor has been, that it should not
be obscured. The facts are in substance precisely as he has
related them. But, as his manuscript was not prepared for the

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press, it was necessary, to a certain extent, that the arrangement
of the work, and sometimes the style, should be changed."
To this work was added, by Rev. James Freeman Clarke, of
Boston (H.C. 1829), grandson of Gen. Hull, "History of the
Campaign of 1812, and Surrender of the Post of Detroit."
Mr. Clarke, in his preface, alluding to the before-mentioned
work, says, "This, which was written by himself (Gen. Hull),
was prepared for the press by his daughter, Mrs. Maria Camp
bell, wife of Edward F. Campbell, Esq., of Augusta, Ga. It
was a favorite and cherished object of this lady to erect this
monument to the memory of her father, and her life was spared
by a kind Providence just long enough to enable her to com
plete it. Amid painful sickness and the languor of disease, she
labored diligently until it was finished. This labor of love
seemed to sustain her failing strength ; and when she reached its
termination she could say, Lord, let me now depart ; and the
daughter passed into the spirit-land to meet the parent whom
she had so tenderly loved. But another labor yet remains to be
performed. Mrs. Campbell did not attempt the history of the
campaign of 1812, and surrender of Detroit; and though
deeply convinced that her father deserved praise, not blame, for
his share in this transaction, yet she shrank from a work which
she feared might involve her in angry controversy, and prevent
the simple narrative of her father s revolutionary labors from
being appreciated. She left to another hand, and another
time, this part of the work. This task has been committed to
the present writer ; who, with no qualifications except a strong
conviction of the justice of the c#use he advocates, founded on
careful study and examination, joined with an earnest wish to be
candid and conscientious, has undertaken the work. He is in
deed about to defend a grandfather, and one whom he remem
bers with mingled feelings of affection and respect."

1815. SAMUEL E PUTXAM died in Boston, 24 December,
1861, aged 64 years. He was the eldest son of Hon. Samuel
(H.C. 1787) and Sarah (Gool) Putnam, and was born in
Salem, Mass., 2 April, 1797. His father was son of Gideon
Putnam, of Danvers, Mass., where he was born 13 April,


17G8 ; was a lawyer in Salem, but afterwards removed to Bos
ton ; was judge of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts, a station
which he held with dignity and honor. He died 3 July, 1853,
aged 85 years. His mother was daughter of John Gool and
Lois (Pickering) Gool, a sister of Hon. Timothy Pickering
(H.C. 1763), of Salem. His studies, preparatory for admission
to college, were conducted by Jacob Newman Knapp (H.C.
1802). His collegiate life was without reproach. On leaving
college, he concluded to adopt a mercantile life ; and he entered
the counting-room of Pickering Dodge, Esq. , of Salem, where he
served his apprenticeship. He ever afterwards spoke of Mr.
Dodge with great esteem and respect. He made several
voyages, as supercargo, to the East Indies. For many years
he w r as engaged in business in Europe, particularly in the city
of Antwerp. Here he established a house, and had as a part
ner an Englishman by the name of Alfred Barrow, a most
estimable gentleman, for whom Mr. Putnam named his eldest
son. This son died early in life, of Asiatic cholera, while trav
elling in Italy. He conducted his business with skilful enter
prise and success. In the course of time he returned to his
native country, and still maintained his character as a merchant
in Boston. His interest in the education of his children
prompted him, in 1851, to return to Europe with his family;
and he spent with them three years in Paris, and nearly two
years in Italy and Germany. He then returned, and again
made Boston his home. He was not what is considered a public
man. His own position in society he was careful to adorn by
integrity and honor ; and whatever influence he exerted was
mainly through the power of his example. A friend, who
knew him intimately, in speaking of him, says, " Goodness
deserves commemoration, especially in the modest merit that
makes no claim. Its immediate and irresistible impression was
of unpretending kindness, and an utter honesty and constitutional
transparency that knew not how to deceive. That a nature so
unassuming should be so noble and generous, was a perpetual
charm. Our friend s humility had another delightful combina
tion with the directness and energy of his mind. His action or

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speech was always forthright. Never had -a soul cleaner and
fuller expression of all its meaning in the manners, every look and
word. Such was his unvarnished and confiding sincerity, that,
after he had spoken, nothing remained for him to add or explain.
He did not reflect on himself as a subject, but with unconscious
beauty appeared himself for every object his reason and con
science owned as just ; never involved, but in all his dealings
open as the day. In his business he showed great practical ability,
and a judgment in all affairs on which others associated with him
could lean. What seemed unsentimental promptness or remarka-
able ability in the concerns of this world was united with a won
derful and womanly tenderness of heart, making the eyes often
moist and tearful above the ever-firm and manly lips. His
faculties were not confined to any special vocation ; but he was
deeply interested in his country and all mankind. He was
earnest in his decisions, but never narrow. Always in a large
charity was his appreciation of others. He was as broad in his
intellectual culture as in his moral aims. He had a great taste
for art, and enjoyment of its masterpieces abroad ; and, in the
latter part of his life, acquired a command of the German
tongue, which few seek save in youth. But finely foremost in
him were the qualities of his heart, as they who loved him and
lived with him so well know. Performing his duties constantly,
and bearing his trials patiently, he has followed the distin
guished jurist, his father, and all his own sons."

He married, 25 April, 1832, Mary, daughter of Eev. Charles
Lowell, D.D. (H.C. 1800), of Boston, by whom he had
three sons and one daughter. His first and third sons died
some time before him. His second, and then only surviving son,
Lieut. William Lowell Putnam, fell a martyr to his country ;
having died in Maryland, 22 October, 1861, of a wound re
ceived the day previous in the battle of Edwards Ferry. His
death will be identified with the military glory of America, as it
shall be reflected from deeds of valor in the cause of freedom,
earnest resolves and decisive acts in support and establishment
of equal laws and righteous government. Mr. Putnam s widow
and one daughter remain to cherish his memory, and illustrate
his sympathies and affections.


1817. Hon. SAMUEL ATKIXS ELIOT died in Cambridge,
29 January, 1862, aged 63 years. He was son of Hon. Samuel
and Catharine (Atkins) Eliot, and was born in Boston, 5 March,
1798. His father was an eminent and wealthy merchant. He
was fitted for college at the Boston Latin School. He attained
a high rank of scholarship in his class, and graduated with
honors. After leaving college, he entered the Divinity School at
Cambridge, and went through a course of theological study, but
did not enter upon the clerical profession. He was a gentleman
of great personal worth, and was repeatedly honored by eleva
tion to offices of distinction. In 1834, he was elected a repre
sentative to the state legislature ; and, in 1843, he was chosen a
senator from Suffolk district. He was a member of the board of
aldermen in 1834 and 1835; and was mayor of the city in 1837,
1838, and 1839. In 1850, he was elected a representative to the
thirty-first Congress from Suffolk district, where he remained two
years; but, at the close of his term, he declined to be a candidate
for re-election. In 1853, he became a partner in the extensive
commission house of Charles H. Mills and Co., of Boston,
where he remained six years, when the copartnership was dis
solved; an4 he soon afterwards removed to Cambridge, where he
passed the remainder of his life. In 1859, he was elected presi
dent of the Boston Gas-light Company. He was treasurer of
Harvard College from 1842 to 1853. He was for many years
a warden of King s Chapel, in Boston. He was a gentleman of
unblemished moral character, of accomplished deportment, social
and affable in his intercourse with his fellow-citizens ; and, in the
many and important positions in which he was placed, he dis
charged his duties with great fidelity, with an honest conviction
of what he thought to be right, and to the entire satisfaction of
his constituents.

He married, 13 June, 1836, Mary Ly man, the beautiful and
accomplished daughter of Hon. Theodore Lyman, of Boston.
Their children were one son and four daughters, as follows :
Mary L., Charles William, Elizabeth E., Catharine A., and
Fannie A. ; all of whom, with their mother, survived him, all
but the last two being married.

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1817. DANIEL OILMAN HATCH, of Covington, Ky., died
in Exeter, N.H., 13 March, 1862, aged 63 years. He was the
oldest son of Samuel and Mary (Oilman) Hatch, and was
born in Exeter, 3 August, 1798. He was fitted for college at
Phillips Academy, Exeter. He left college in the last term of
his senior year, before commencement ; and first taught an acad
emy in King-George county, Ya. , on the Upper Neck, so called,
between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers. In conse
quence of the, unhealthiness of the location, he went, a year
afterwards, to Dinwiddie county, Ya., where he remained almost
twenty years, devoting himself to teaching. He carried into his
profession an enthusiasm for education, and a personal regard
for the welfare of his scholars, which alike insured success, and
won for him the regard of the many young men who were bene
fited by his instruction. He was a member of the celebrated
Virginia convention in 1829. About 1837, he removed to Ken
tucky, settling at Georgetown, where he embarked in commer
cial pursuits. Here his fine business capacity and stern integrity
soon gave him much influence ; and, though no longer a profes
sional teacher, his knowledge of every branch of educational
science rendered good fruits. He was, until the day of his
death, a trustee of the college in that village ; was for a time its
treasurer, and held other offices in connection with it, by which
he was enabled to promote its financial soundness, and add to
its educational efficiency. His zeal in behalf of instruction did
not confine itself to this institution. As he had done in Vir
ginia, so, during his residence in Kentucky, he was constantly
finding positions as teachers for young men and women from the
East ; thus giving deserving employment, and providing the
means of a better education for the children of his neighbors and
friends. It is stated that during his life he obtained at the West
situations for over fifty persons, male and female ; and such was
his discrimination, that in only one or two cases did they disap-
point^his expectations. About ten years before his death, he was
called to Harrodsburg to take the cashiership of the Commercial
Bank in that place. His management was admirable. In 1856,
foreseeing the approaching financial crisis, he induced the direct-


ors to call in a large proportion of its wide circulation, thus en
abling the institution to ride out the gale without detriment.
Soon afterwards he removed to Covington, and became a member
of the firm of Buckner and Hall, of Cincinnati; but for a year or
two he had withdrawn from active business. The almost simul
taneous death of his venerable parents, just a year before his
decease, called him temporarily to the home of his childhood.
He proposed only a few months stay, and had taken his family
with him. His health had long been somewhat impaired ; but
there was nothing to forbid the hope for him of many years
more of usefulness, until attacked with a sudden acute disease.
He breathed his last beneath the roof under which he was born.
He was a kind father, a sincere and devoted friend, a sterling
patriot, and an earnest member of the Baptist church, and was
officially connected with most of the benevolent enterprises of
that denomination in the state of his residence.

He married, 30 May, 1822, in Dinwiddie county, Va., Ann
Eliza Thompson ; by whom he had one son and two daughters,
of whom the son and one daughter survive him. The other
daughter, named Mary E. Prudentia, married, 15 April, 1852,
Col. B. R. Johnson, professor in the Nashville military univer
sity. She died in Nashville, 22 May, 1858, aged 32 years.
His wife died 13 April, 1837. He married for his second wife,
in Georgetown, Ky., 12 February, 1840, Mary R., daughter of
Kinsley and Mary Hall, of Exeter, N.H. ; by whom he had two
sons and six daughters, of whom two daughters died before their
father. The other children, with their mother, survived him.

1818. JOHN PEENTISS died in Baltimore, Md., 31 August,
1861, aged 62 years. He rode into the city in a carriage with
one of his students, from his residence at Medfield, about three
miles distant; and, while crossing the Northern Central Railway
near the junction of Cathedral and Biddle streets, his vehicle
was run against by a train of cars : he was thrown out, and in
stantly killed.

Mr. Prentiss was the third son and seventh child of Rev.
Thomas (H.C. 1766) and Mary (Scollay) Prentiss, and was
born in Medfield, Mass., 10 August, 1799. His father was

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son of Rev. Joshua (H.C. 1738) and Mary (Angler) Prentiss,
and was born in Holliston, Mass., 27 October, 1747; was
ordained pastor of the church in Medfield, 31 October, 1770 ;
and died 28 February, 1814, aged 66 years. His mother was
daughter of Dr. John Scollay, of Boston, where he held the
office of town-clerk over forty years. She died 23 September,
1841, aged 82 years. The subject of this notice pursued his
preparatory studies for admission to college under the instruction
of his father, until the death of the latter ; and, in April of the
same year, he was at placed Phillips Academy in Andover, where
he completed his studies. In his sophomore year, he taught
school in Way land, then called East Sudbury ; and, in his
junior and senior years, in Medfield. He graduated with a fair
reputation for scholarship, and with a character untainted by
any of the vices of college-life, to the influences of which he
had been exposed, without experience, or any knowledge of the
world, and with no guide or protection but the principles of a
pure religion and the precepts of a stern morality breathed from
the lips and illustrated by the life of one of the best and tender-
est of mothers. Notwithstanding the practice of the strictest
economy throughout his college course, he found himself, at its
close, not only without resources, but encumbered with debts
which had been unavoidably contracted. To accon t himself of
his obligations, and to furnish him with the means of prosecuting
the study of theology, which he had chosen as a profession, he
was induced to accept an appointment to the charge of the
Female High School in Charlestown, Mass., then just insti
tuted. Here, with one female assistant, he had intrusted to his
instruction and management three hundred pupils. That he
discharged the duties of this arduous office acceptably, may be
inferred from the fact, that, at the close of the academic year,
the engagement was renewed, and was continued, until, having
accomplished the object for which he had assumed it, in the
winter of 1819-20 he relinquished it to enter the Divinity
School at Cambridge. His connection with the school continued
until the autumn of 1822. During this time, his studies were
occasionally interrupted by ill health ; and for several months



were partially suspended by his having the charge of the pri
vate female school of Rev. Henry Colman (D.C. 1805), in
Boston, who, from severe sickness, was compelled to relinquish
it for that period. During this engagement, he was a member
of Mr. Colman s family ; and the acquaintance thus begun
ripened into an intimate friendship, which ended only with the
death of this distinguished clergyman and accomplished gentle
man and scholar at Islington, near London, 17 August, 1849,
whilst engaged in agricultural inquiries in Europe, under the
auspices of the government of Massachusetts. At the close of
his theological course of study, Mr. Prentiss was compelled,
from bodily indisposition, to abandon for a time, as he then sup
posed, the profession which he had chosen, and the preparatory
studies for which he had just completed. The greater part of
the year 1823 he passed at his native village, under his mother s
roof, in the vain hope of recovering his health. Early in the
winter of this year, he was induced, by the advice of his physi
cian, to try the effect of a milder climate ; and accepted the
appointment of a tutorship in Baltimore College, Md. His
health being measurably restored by his residence in a southern
climate, in the spring of 1824 he took charge, as principal, of
one of the state academies of Maryland at Garrison Forest,
about ten miles from the city of Baltimore , in Baltimore county ;
where he remained until the autumn of 1825. With health
re-established, and with the reputation of being a faithful and
successful teacher, at the solicitation of many parents whose
children had been under his instruction, he removed to Balti
more at the above date, and opened a private school for boys ;
in which he was eminently successful. The hazard he would
run in exposing himself to the rigors of a northern climate for
bade his return to New England to reside ; whilst the social
relations he had formed, and the reputation he had established
as a teacher, induced him to make Baltimore his place of resi
dence, and school-teaching his occupation for life. In the
summer of 1833, he was elected president of the collegiate, and
principal of the academic, department of Baltimore College ;
which situation he retained for eight years. During this period,

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he was most laboriously and successfully employed in the direc
tion of this institution, having under his charge a large number
of pupils, and associated with him many assistant instructors.
Convinced by much reflection, and long experience and obser
vation, that the business of instruction could and ought to be
conducted without resort to corporal punishment, in entering on
the duties of his office, in a public statement of the principles
on which the institution would be conducted, he rejected entirely
the use of the rod and all physical infliction as a means of disci
pline. This plan was a novel one, one which it was believed
had never been attempted in any similar institution in this
country. It was regarded by most persons, at the outset, as
visionary and impracticable, and the public avowal of it as, "of
course, impolitic. Its practicability was, however, abundantly
demonstrated, and the expediency of its adoption completely
vindicated, by an experiment of eight years continuance, the
period of Mr. Prentiss s administration of the affairs of this
department of the university of Maryland. In 1841, in con
sequence of his health being sensibly impaired by the great
amount of labor inseparable from the proper discharge of
the duties of the office which he held, he resigned his situa
tion, and retired to a country-seat which he had purchased,
three and a half miles from the city of Baltimore ; where he
continued to reside during the remainder of his life. As the
occupation to which he had devoted so much of his life had
become an essential part of his being, he here opened a private
boarding-school for boys. By uniting several occupations and
amusements with the more serious and sedentary duties of in
struction, his health was completely restored. This place he
named Medfield, for his native town. Here, in a family that
afforded the attractions of home to his pupils, he labored
modestly and diligently, for twenty years, in the formation of
mental and moral character. Himself of that broad church which
never separates itself, for any creed, from any soul, but finds in
every soul an opportunity for Christian charity and work, with
out professions he silently led his scholars towards Christian
faith and practice, by their expression of his own beautiful and


gentle life. He had the rare faculty of being both teacher and
friend ; and the strong ties that bound him to his pupils through
the years were seldom broken. A conversation so even and so
gentle made his discipline strong ; and even reproof from him lost
its smart and provocation, it was uttered from so gentle lips.

That he had no sympathy with the unnatural and infamous
rebellion which has been brought upon our country by ambitious,
political, and unprincipled demagogues, will be plainly seen by
the following extract from a letter, which he wrote a few days
before his death, to a near relative in Massachusetts : " I can
hardly believe that I have sunk so low in your estimation as to
be suspected, for an instant, of having any participation or
sympathy with this execrable Southern rebellion. There are,
as you suppose, some good Union people here. I am proud to
be classed as a humble member of that honorable fraternity.
Moreover, I am happy to add, on most satisfactory evidence,
that the Unionists constitute a decided majority in the state of
Maryland, and at least a very large and most respectable minor
ity in the monumental city, or mob-town, as you may choose to
call Baltimore ! God save our commonwealth, if she should
ever be so forgetful of her interest or her honor as to make a
league with those states which are in arms against their gov

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