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McLean Asylum in Somerville, 28 May, 1854, aged 30. He
was son of Hon. William Appleton, and was born in Boston,
11 September, 1823.

1843. Dr. JOHN GARDNER LADD, of Brooklyn, N.Y.,
died at Saratoga Springs, 19 August, 1853, aged 33. He
was son of John H. Ladd, of Savannah ; and was born in
Alexandria, D. C., 4 July, 1820. He was a physician in

1845. GORHAM BARTLETT, of Concord, died at the
McLean Asylum in Somerville, 17 June, 1854, aged 28. He
was son of Dr. Josiah Bartlett (H.C. 1816), and was born in
Concord, 22 January, 1826. He commenced the study of
divinity at the Theological School at Cambridge, but relin
quished it on account of his health.

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1845. NICHOLAS LAFAYETTE MARK died in Tuscaloosa,
Ala., 17 April, 1854, aged 29. He was born in Tuscaloosa,
2 August, 1824, and was a planter by occupation.

1848. EDWARD IRVING BIGELOW died in Cairo, Egypt,
9 April, 1854, aged 26. He was son of Tyler Bigelow, of
Watertown (H.C. 1801), where he was born 1 June, 1827.
He was a lawyer by profession.

1848. HENRY WHITCOMB HOLMAN died in Carrollton,
La., 1 October, 1853, aged 29. He was son of Hon. Amory
Holman, of Bolton, Mass., where he was born 8 October, 1824.
He taught school in Jackson, Miss., in 1849-50; afterwards
studied law in New Orleans, and established himself as a lawyer
in that city.

N.Y., 22 April, 1854, aged 23. He was born in Peterbor
ough, N.H., 1 July, 1830, and was a student-at-law.

1852. GORHAM THOMAS died in Cambridge, 16 August,
1853, aged 21. He was son of Dr. Alexander Thomas (H.C.
1822), and was born in Boston, 8 September, 1831. He was
a student of medicine.

1853. EDWARD JAR vis TENNEY was washed overboard
from steamship " San Francisco," 25 December, 1853. He had
taken passage in that ill-fated vessel for Valparaiso, South
America, where he intended to establish himself in mercantile
business. He was son of John Tenney, of Methuen, where he
was .born 20 September, 1833 ; and was consequently twenty
years of age at the time he was lost.



1791. Hon. THOMAS EICE died in Winslow, Me., 24
August, 1854, aged 86. He was son of Dr. Thomas Eice
(II. C. 1756), and was born in Pownalborough (now Wiscas-
set), 30 March, 1768. He studied law with Hon. Timothy
Bigelow of Groton (H.C. 1786). After completing his studies,
he went to Winslow on horseback, carrying in his saddle-bags
his clothes, and a few law-books which constituted his whole
library. He commenced the practice of law in that town in
1795, where he soon gained a lucrative business, and became
successful as an advocate. In 1814, he was representative to
the Massachusetts legislature; in 1817, he was elected repre
sentative to Congress, where he continued two terms. With
the exception of two years, when he resided in Augusta, he
continued to live in Winslow till his death. He was naturally
of a cheerful and social temperament ; and had quite a taste for
gardening, which he indulged to the last. He relinquished the
practice of law about twenty years before he died.

1792. Hon. JOHN LOCKE died in Boston, 29 March,
1855, aged 91. He was son of Jonathan and Mary (Haven)
Locke, and was born in Hopkinton, Mass., 14 February,
1764. In 1769, he, with his father s family, removed to
Framingham ; whence, in June, 1770, they removed to Fitz-
william, N.H. , then called Monadnock No. 2, and lived in a
log-house. In May or June, 1772, he removed with the family
to Ashby, Mass. He worked on a farm till twenty-two years
of age, when he went to Phillips Academy in Andover, where
he continued till he entered Dartmouth College, in the second
quarter of the sophomore year. He left Dartmouth, and
entered Harvard in the beginning of the junior year. In No
vember, 1793, he entered the law-office of the late Hon. Timo-

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thy Bigelow of Groton (H.C. 1786). In September, 1796,
he was admitted to the bar in Middlesex County, and opened an
office in Ashby. He was elected representative to the Legisla
ture in 1804, 1805, 1813, and 1823. In 1820, he was a
member of the Convention for revising the Constitution of
Massachusetts. From 1823 to 1829, he was representative in
Congress from the Worcester North District. In 1830, he was
chosen senator from Middlesex to the Massachusetts Legislature.
In 1831, he was a member of the Executive Council. In 1837,
he removed to Lowell to reside with his son, John Goodwin
Locke; with whom, in 1849, he removed to Boston, where he
passed the remainder of his days.

1792. Dr. HECTOR ORR died in East Bridgcwater, 29
April, 1855, aged 85. He was son of Col. Robert Orr, and
was born in East Bridgewater, 24 March, 1770. He settled
as a physician in his native town, where he passed his life ; and,
besides having held offices of honor and trust, he was distin
guished as a skilful physician and a man of cultivated intel

1793. THOMAS WIGGLESWORTH died in Boston, 27 April,
1855, aged 79. He was son of Rev. Edward Wigglesworth,
of Cambridge (H.C. 1749), and grandson of Rev. Edward
Wigglesworth, of Cambridge (H.C. 1710) ; both Hollis Pro
fessors of Divinity in Harvard College. He was born in
Concord, Mass., 2 November, 1775. At the time of his
birth, his father s family were residing temporarily in Con
cord, to which place the students and teachers of the college
had removed a short time before, in consequence of the occu
pancy of Cambridge and the university buildings by the Ameri
can forces collected to besiege the British army, who were then
in possession of Boston. Mr. Wigglesworth, immediately after
graduating, commenced the study of law at Salisbury, N.H.,
near the residence of the family of the late Daniel Webster,
w T hom he remembered very well as a boy. In a few months, he
discontinued his legal studies, and went to Newburyport, where
he entered the counting-room of Messrs. Searle and Tyler. At
the age of twenty-one, he came to Boston, and soon formed a


copartnership with William Sawyer, Esq. (H.C. 1788), who
survived him for a few years. They carried on business
together for several years. Mr. Wigglesworth early engaged
in the Russia and India trade, and continued in the latter to
the end of his life, having accumulated a large fortune. He
was connected, as a director, with several of our financial insti
tutions, and was respected for his industry, integrity, and capacity
for business ; but he was retiring in his habits, and never served
in any state or city office, except for a short time on the school-

1795. SAMUEL ADAMS DORR died in Boston, 25 Febru
ary, 1855, aged 79. He was son of Ebenezer Dorr, of Bos
ton, and was born in Medfield, Mass, (where his parents
resided during the siege of Boston), 1 July, 1775. He studied
law with Gov. James Sullivan, but relinquished the profession ;
engaged in commercial pursuits ; went abroad, and passed many
years of his life in foreign countries.

1796. Rev. LEONARD WOODS died in Andover, Mass.,
24 August, 1854, aged 80. He was son of Samuel and Abi
gail Woods, and was born in Princeton, Mass., 19 June, 1774.
He commenced the study of Latin with the parish minister of
Princeton ; and, after three years, he entered as freshman in
1792, having received but three months regular instruction,
which he obtained at Leicester Academy, under the tuition of
Ebenezer Adams (D.C. 1791, afterwards professor in Dart
mouth College) , and graduated with the highest honors of his
class. For eight months after he left college, he was engaged
as a teacher in Medford. He united with Rev. Dr. Osgood s
church in Medford in 1797. In the autumn of the same year,
he studied theology three months with Rev. Dr. Charles Backus,
at Somers, Conn. (Y.C. 1769). The following winter he
continued his studies at home. In the spring of 1798, he was
licensed to preach, and was ordained pastor of the Fourth
Church in Newbury, 5 December, 1798. He was dismissed
26 May, 1808 ; was inaugurated Professor of Theology in the
Institution at Andover, 20 September, 1808 ; and continued to
give instruction till 1846, when his active connection with the

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seminary ceased. After that time, lie was engaged in revising
and giving to the world his lectures and other writings, in an
edition of five volumes ; and in preparing a history of the semi
nary, which was nearly or quite completed at the time of his

1797. Dr. HENRY GARDNER died in Charlestown, Mass.,
22 August, 1854, aged 81. He was born in Charlestown, 13
September, 1772 ; and settled as a physician in his native town,
where he passed his life.

1800. Hon. LEONARD JARVIS died in Surry, Me., 18
September, 1854, aged 62. He was born in Cambridge, Mass.,
19 October, 1781. Immediately after leaving college, he en
tered the counting-room of the late David Greene and Son, where
he acquired a knowledge of commerce, and habits of business,
which entitle him to an honorable name amon^r the merchants


of Boston. He became subsequently connected with mercan
tile operations, in the prosecution of which he spent several years
abroad, chiefly in France and South America. On his return
home, he settled in Maine, where he filled various important
positions ; being at one time collector of Eastport, afterwards
sheriff of Hancock County. In the year 1831-33, he represented
his district in the Congress of the United States. He was a
prominent politician in the Democratic party. Under the ad
ministration of President Van Buren, he was appointed navy
agent for the port of Boston. From this post he was removed
by the administration of Gen. Harrison ; and soon afterwards
returned to Maine, where he spent the closing years of his life
in the pursuits of agriculture and literature.

1802. Rev. JAMES FLINT died in Salem, 4 March, 1855,
aged 73. He was born in Reading, 10 December, 1781. After
leaving college, he spent a few years in teaching ; then studied
divinity with the Rev. Joshua Bates, D.D., of Dedham (H.C.
1800) . On finishing his studies, he received a call from the First
Church and Society in East Bridge water, Mass. ; which he ac
cepted, and was ordained 29 October, 1806. Possessing a fine
taste for horticulture, he improved it by embellishing the grounds
about his house, and made it one of the most attractive places


of residence in the county. Here, too, he cultivated his love
for classical literature by superintending the education of stu
dents who were committed to his care by the college government.
He occasionally wrote poetry, and contributed largely to the
literary journals of the day.

At his own request, his connection with the church in East
Bridge water was dissolved 6 April, 1821 ; when he was invited
by the East Church and Society in Salem to supply their pulpit,
then vacant by the death of the Rev. Dr. William Bentley (H.C.
1777). After officiating a few sabbaths, he received an invita
tion for a permanent settlement, which he accepted, and was
installed 20 September, 1821 ; and continued to be the sole
pastor till the installation of his colleague, the Rev. Dexter
Clapp, 17 December, 1851. His ready humor, lively sympa
thy, and rare conversational powers, peculiarly fitted him for
discharging parochial duties ; and in these he was eminently

1803. Hon. JOSIAH BUTLER died in Deerfield, N.H., 29
October, 1854, aged 74. He was son of Nehemiah and Lydia
(Wood) Butler, and was born in Pelham, N.H., 4 December,
1779. At the age of 14, he was sent to the academy in Lon
donderry, N.H., and subsequently to Atkinson Academy, where
he completed his preparation for college under the instruction
of William Merchant Richardson (H.C. 1797). Immediately
after leaving college, he entered, as a student-at-law, the office
of Hon. Clifton Claggett, of Amherst, N.H., where he remained
a short time, and then went to Virginia, where he resided in
1804, 1805, and 1806; taught an academy; pursued his law
studies in the offices of Gov. Cabot and Jacob Kinney, Esq., and
was admitted to practice in that State. In 1807, he returned to
New Hampshire, and practised law in his native town about
two years, during which time he represented the town in the
State Legislature. In 1809, he removed to Deerfield, where
he resided during the remainder of his life. In 1810, he was
appointed high sheriff of the county of Rockingham, and contin
ued in that office nearly four years. In 1815 and 1816, he
was elected a representative of Deerfield ; and, in 1816, he held

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the office of clerk of the Court of Common Pleas. In 1816,
1817, he was nominated and elected a representative to Congress ;
and, by successive elections, continued in Congress six years. In
1825, he was appointed associate justice of the Court of Com
mon Pleas ; and continued in that office till 1833, when the
court was abolished. He then returned to the practice of law,
which he continued a few years ; and was subsequently engaged
in agriculture. A few years since, he was appointed postmaster
at South Deerfield, which office he held at the time of his

1803. Eev. JACOB COGGIN died in Tewksbury, Mass., 12
December, 1854, aged 72. He was son of Jacob Coggin, of
AVoburn (H.C. 1763), and was born in that town, 5 Septem
ber, 1782. He studied theology with his pastor, the Rev.
Joseph Chickering (H.C. 1799), then of Woburn. In April,
1806, he received an invitation to take the pastoral charge of
the church and society in Tewksbury, and was ordained on the
22nd of October of the same year. He continued his ministry
till 1847, when the Rev. Mr. Tolman was settled as a colleague
with him. After that time, he was twice a representative to the
legislature; in 1852, was chosen one of the Presidential elect
ors ; and, in 1853, was a delegate to the Convention for revising
the Constitution of the State. Upon the establishment of the
state alms-house in Tewksbury, he was appointed by Gov. Clif
ford one of the inspectors, and was chaplain of it till the time
of his decease. He was one of the pioneers in the temperance
cause, and served as agent for it in all the towns around him.
Three sabbaths before his death, he preached his last sermon
from the fourteenth verse of the ninety-second psalm, " They shall
bring forth fruit in old age." Two of his sons have been educated
for the ministry : one died in the ministry, at West Hampton.

1804. Dr. JOHN MERRILL died in Portland, Me., 7 June,
1855, aged 73. He was son of Thomas Merrill, by his fourth
wife; and was born in Con way, N.H., 2 March, 1782. He
was highly respected as a skilful physician and good citizen.

1808. Col. JOHX BLISS died in St. Augustine, Fla., 22
November, 1854, aged 66. He was born in Haverhill, N.H.,




26 April, 1788. After leaving college, he entered the United-
States army. He was appointed first lieutenant in the Eleventh
Regiment of Infantry, 12 March, 1812 ; and made captain in
May, 1813. He distinguished himself, and was wounded in the
battle of Niagara Falls, 25 July, 1814. When the army was
re-organized, in May, 1815, he was retained in the Sixth Regi
ment of Infantry. From April, 1813, to January, 1819, he
was instructor in infantry tactics, and commandant of cadets at
West Point. For " ten years faithful service," he was made
brevet-major, 13 May, 1823. He was commissioned major of the
First Regiment of Infantry, 15 July, 1830 ; and commanded his
regiment in person at the battle of the Bad-Axe. He was pro
moted to be a lieutenant-colonel of the Sixth Infantry, 30 Septem
ber, 1836 ; and resigned 6 September, 1837. For several years
subsequent to his resignation, he resided in Buffalo, N.Y.

1809. Hon. WILLIAM PLUMER died in Epping, N.H.,
18 September, 1854, aged 65. He was the oldest son of Gov.
William Plumer, of Epping, where he was born 9 February,
1789. He studied law with his father, but did not pursue the
profession. He was repeatedly elected a member of both
branches of the New-Hampshire legislature, and was also a
member of the New-Hampshire Constitutional Convention of
1850. From 1819 to 1825, he was a representative in Con
gress ; where, in 1820, he opposed the Missouri Compromise,
on the ground that Congress thus superseded its powers, and
legislated slavery where it did not exist. He commenced his
public career as a member of the Democratic party : but, in 1828,
he became a Whig ; and ever after that time he adhered to that
party. He possessed quite a literary and historical turn of
mind, and published two small volumes of poems. He collected
a large library, particularly valuable for the works it contained
on America and American history.

1810, RUFUS BACON died in Taburg, Oneida County,
N.Y., 6 November, 1854, aged 70. He was born in Ply
mouth, Mass., 13 February, 1792. He settled as a lawyer in
Freetown, Mass. ; and about the year 1827 removed to Taburg,
where he resided during the remainder of his life.

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1810. STEPHEN TALES died in Cincinnati, Ohio, 3 Sep
tember, 1854, aged 64. He was born in Boston, 3 May, 1790.
In the autumn of 1810, he was appointed tutor in Latin and
Greek at Bowdoin College, where he remained two years. He
afterwards read law in the office of Jeremiah Mason (Y.C.,
1788), of New Hampshire; was admitted to the bar in Ports
mouth; and, in 1819, removed to Cincinnati, where he became
a partner with Francis Arthur Blake (H.C., 1814), a distin
guished lawyer, since deceased. In 1821, he removed to Day
ton, Ohio, where he practised law about ten years, when he
returned to Cincinnati. He was elected to the senate of Ohio
while he resided in Dayton, and served with great honor to
himself, and advantage to his constituents. He was a good
classical scholar ; and, to the latest period of his life, read the
New Testament in the original Greek, as his constant exercise.
He often carried that volume in his pocket, and perused it in
private. He left behind him many pleasant memories, many
delightful evidences that one lived and died who keenly felt for
his race, and loved the image of God in his fellow-man.

1810. Col. BENJAMIN FANEUIL HUNT died in New- York
City, 5 December, 1854, aged 62. He was son of William
Hunt, of Watertown, Mass., where he was born 29 February,
1792. His mother, a woman of high spirit, the second wife
of William Hunt, was Jane, daughter of George Bethune, of
Brighton, whose wife was Mary Faneuil, a descendant of one
of the Huguenot families, who fled from France at the revoca
tion of the Edict of Nantes. Faneuil Hall was named for her
grandfather s brother. Col. Hunt s father died in 1804* As
young Hunt manifested aptitude for study, and a determined
purpose of obtaining a liberal education, his widowed mother
made provision for meeting the expenses. Immediately after
he left college, as all his brothers had died of consumption, and
as his health was very delicate, he adopted the advice of his
physician to quit the New-England climate, and went to Charles
ton, S.C., where he arrived 1 November, 1810. He entered
as a student the law-office of the late Keating Lewis Simons,
at that time one of the most distinguished ornaments of the


legal profession in Charleston. After two years study, he
was admitted to the bar in Charleston, at a period when it was
crowded with eminent practitioners. Gifted with high intellect
ual powers, and a ready and powerful rhetoric, he at once took
his place in the front rank of the profession ; and, as a jury
lawyer, was perhaps never surpassed at that bar. His prac
tice was extensive and successful, and his professional triumphs
generally, and especially in defence of criminals in capital
cases, were multiplied and signal. His ability and eloquence
as an advocate soon gave him prominence in the field of politics,
and he frequently served in the state legislature as a represen
tative from Charleston, and was always regarded as one of the
ablest and most influential debaters on the floor of the House.
Although a Northern man, his sympathies were mainly with the
South. He was chairman of the Committee on Federal Rela
tions ; and his reports on the tariff, the tenure of the presi
dential office, and the distribution of the sales of public lands,
have been received as text-books of the state-rights democracy.
On the declaration of war in 1812, he was active in the organi
zation of .a military company, which was drafted, during the
war, into the service of. the United States. He successively
rose through the intermediate military grades ; and, about the
year 1818, was made colonel of the Sixteenth Regiment, in
which capacity he served about twenty years. About a year
before his death, he removed from Charleston to the city of New

1811. ROBERT HAWKINS OSGOOD died in New York,
27 February, 1855, aged 64. He was son of Capt. John
Osgood, of Salem, where he was born 14 June, 1790. After
leaving college, he entered upon the study of the law in his
native town, but did not pursue the profession. With his
brother John, he entered into business as a wholesale clothing
merchant in Baltimore. Here he was one of the most self-
sacrificing and active men in founding the society over which
President Sparks and Dr. Burnap were afterwards settled.
Subsequently, he and his partner engaged in the wholesale
clothing business in New York. Having relinquished this occu-

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pation, he became a partner in the house of Harnden and Co.,
and resided, as European agent for the firm, during a few years,
in Liverpool, Eng. The last years of his life were spent in
New York. lie was noted for his excellent sense, even temper,
social accomplishments, and kind heart.

1812. HENRY PETER COBURN died of cholera in Indiana
polis, Ind., 22 July, 1854, aged 64. He was son of Peter and
Elizabeth (Poor) Coburn, and was born in Dracut, Mass.,
12 March, 1790. The Coburns (originally Colburns) came to
America at an early period, and were among the first settlers on
the Merrimack : the family emigrated from Scotland. The Poors
are also an old family in Dracut. The paternal and maternal
grandfathers of the subject of this memoir were both in the
battle of Bunker Hill. His father was a farmer, as had been
all his ancestors in America, and he was brought up on a
farm. At the age of sixteen, he began his preparation for col
lege ; telling his parents, brothers, and sisters, that he would
take, in the form of an education, his portion of his father s
estate. He did so, and graduated with distinction. He studied
law at Ipswich, Mass. ; and, in the year 1815, emigrated to
the West. During the session of the Constitutional Convention,
at the organization of the state government of Indiana, in
June, 1816, he went to Cory don, Ind., then the capital of the
state. There he located himself, and began the practice of
the law. He continued to practise until the year 1840. In
1818, he was appointed clerk of the Supreme Court of the
state, and continued in office till November, 1852. In 1825,
when the state capital was permanently located at Indianapolis,
he removed to that place, and there resided during the remainder
of his life. His name, originally, was Peter Coburn ; but,
after he removed to the West, he prefixed Henry to his given
name Peter. As a man, he was quiet, plain, honest, straight
forward, and decided. He had no ambition for notoriety,
public honor, or public favor. He retired from popular tur
moils, and shrank from contention. He took little or no part
in politics, except as a voter, though he was a firm and un
wavering Whig. His character as a lawyer was fair ; as a


counsellor, he was considered excellent ; as an advocate, he
never shone. He was called the " honest lawyer." He was a
member of the Presbyterian Church ; he was an ardent friend
of education and temperance ; his efforts to promote intelligence
and to forward literary enterprises were constant, and in some
degree successful. The Indiana Historical Society, the Indiana
Law-Library, the Marion-County Library, and the free schools
of Indianapolis, owe much to his constant efforts ; and were
partly, for years, under his management. Although he made
less public display than almost any one, he did more for the
moral and educational interests of the city of his adoption than
any man in it. He was truly one of those to whom the Saviour
promised an open reward for secret good.

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