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July, 1796. He studied medicine under the instruction of Dr.
James Jackson, of Boston (H.C. 1796). On completing his
medical studies, he established himself as a physician in Salem,
Mass. ; where he continued until 1840, when he removed to
Framingham, Mass. Here he resided two years ; at the end
of which time he returned to Salem, and there resided until the
spring of 1853, when he removed to Syracuse, where he re
mained until his death. He married Maria Osgood, daughter
of Dr. George Osgood, of Andover, Mass. His widow and six
children survive him. He was greatly respected for his estima
ble character and professional skill.

1817. PAUL WILLARD died in Charlestown, Mass., 18
March, 1856, aged 60. He was son of Paul and Martha (Has-
kell) Willard, and was born in Lancaster, Mass., 4 August,
1795. His maternal grandfather, Col. Henry Haskell, was an
officer in the Revolutionary army. Mr. Willard was fitted for
college at Westford Academy. Soon after he graduated, he
began the study of law in the office of Hon. Calvin Willard in
Worcester. Having completed his studies, he was admitted to
the bar in 1821, and opened an office in Charlestown, where he
resided, and continued in the practice of his profession, until the
day of his death. In September, 1822, he was appointed
postmaster of Charlestown, which office he held for seven years.
In 1823, he was elected clerk of the state senate, and was
re-elected for seven successive years. He held a highly re
spectable rank at the Middlesex bar, and had an extensive and
lucrative practice. He enjoyed the full confidence of his fellow-
citizens, as was shown by his being repeatedly elected chairman
of the board of selectmen, and of the school-committee, of
Qharlestown, before the organization of the city government.
He was either cashier or president of the Charlestown Bank the
whole time of its existence ; and, at the time of his death, he held


the office of magistrate under the truant-act, to which he was
elected by the city council. He was of an exceedingly sociable
and affable temperament, and his house was the home of
hospitality. He was a worthy and honored citizen.

1821. GEORGE BARRELL MOODT died in Bangor, Me.,
6 July, 1856, aged 53. He was son of Joseph and Maria
(Barrell) Moody, and was born in Kennebunk, Me., 17 July,
1802. He was fitted for college at the academy in Gorham,
Me. Immediately after leaving college, he began the study of
law under the instruction of Hon. William Sullivan, of Boston
(H.C. 1792). Having completed his legal studies, and been
admitted to the bar, he opened an office in Kennebunk ; but
soon afterwards removed to Gardiner, and thence to Brewer, in
which places he remained but a few months. He then went to
Oldtown, where he continued several years ; and finally re
moved to Bangor, where he practised law for nearly thirty
years. He acquired a high reputation as a sound, thorough,
rather than a brilliant lawyer ; and was especially distinguished
for dignity and courtesy of manners, as well as integrity of
character, which made him esteemed by all his professional
brethren and by his fellow-citizens, so far as his naturally quiet
and reserved habits admitted general acquaintance. On the
next day subsequent to his decease, at a meeting of the Penob-
scot bar, Hon. Edward Kent, who was his classmate and room
mate, announced his death, accompanying the announcement
with some eloquent and highly appropriate remarks, in which
he spoke of his guileless and confiding nature, his simplicity,
his high sense of honor, his refined and polished manners, his
domestic virtues, which always rendered his house attractive to
its inmates and his friends. He concluded by offering a series
of resolutions, expressing a high appreciation of his charac
ter as a correct, capable, and honorable lawyer, an upright
man, a useful citizen, a refined and accomplished gentleman.
Chief- Justice Tenney responded in just and touching terms, in
which he bore testimony to the worth and virtues of the de
ceased, and concluded by ordering the clerk to place the resolu
tions upon the records. Mr. Moody married Mary, daughter


of Mr. John Barker, of Bangor, and had four children (one
son and three daughters), all of whom, with their mother,
survive him.

1824. GEORGE THOMAS SANDERS died in Salem, Mass.,
1 May, 1856, aged 51. He was son of Thomas and Elizabeth
Sanders, and was born in Salem, 30 October, 1804. He was
descended from Thomas Sanders, one of the first settlers of
Cape Ann. His great-grandfather commanded the sloop-of-
war "Massachusetts" at the capture of Louisburg in 1745.
His grandfather, Thomas Sanders (H.C. 1748), was for seve
ral years a counsellor under the provincial government. Mr.
Sanders did not study a profession. After he graduated, he
spent a few years in travelling on the Eastern continent.
When abroad, and particularly in Italy, he acquired a love for
the music of the opera, which afforded him the greatest pleasure
through life. After his return, he was married to Marianne,
daughter of Samuel Browne ; a very estimable lady, w r ho sur
vives him. His two sons are all that remain to perpetuate the
name. He lived in the old mansion-house of his wife s family,
with hospitality, but without ostentation. He will be long
remembered for his kind and benevolent disposition, his integ
rity and truthfulness.

1826. Hon. TIMOTHY WALKER died in Cincinnati, O.,
15 January, 1856, aged 53. He was born in Wilmington,
Mass., 1 December, 1802. His father was a farmer, and died
when this son was nine years old ; leaving a widow to rear up six
children. Through his paternal grandmother, a Miss Brewster,
he was directly descended from William Brewster, who came
over in the "Mayflower." The patrimony left was small, and
the sons had to labor on the farm for their support. Young
Walker continued to work on the farm until he was sixteen years
old, when his friends reluctantly consented to his earnest desire
to obtain a collegiate education ; and he began his studies with a
clergyman in a neighboring town, and completed his preparation
for college at Mr. Putnam s academy, in North Andover. He
graduated with the highest honors of his class. He supported
himself, while in college, by school-keeping, and by translating,


in his junior year, from the French, for Prof. Farrar, Blot s
M Course of Natural Philosophy." During the three years suc
ceeding his graduation, he was employed as a teacher of mathe
matics in the Round-Hill School at Northampton. In October,
1829, he entered the Law School at Cambridge, where he
remained until July of the next year ; when he concluded to
emigrate to the West, and arrived at Cincinnati on the 6th of
the following month. Here he completed his studies in the
office of Messrs. Storer and Fox, who were among the leaders
of the Cincinnati bar. He opened an office by himself; but
soon afterwards entered into partnership with Edward King
(since deceased) and Salmon P. Chase, then governor of Ohio.
This firm was dissolved in 1835 ; and he formed a copartnership
with John C. Wright, well known as a distinguished member of
Congress, and judge of the Supreme Court of Ohio. In 1833,
he, together with Judge Wright, established a law-school in
Cincinnati. Two years afterwards, this school was united with
the Cincinnati College, with, at first, three professors ; but,
after a short time, it fell under the exclusive charge of Mr.
Walker. In the winter of 18378, he delivered a course of
ten or twelve lectures, upon commercial law, before the Young
Men s Mercantile -Library Association. In March, 1842, he
accepted an executive appointment to the place of president-
judge of the Hamilton-County Common Pleas, until the next
legislature should fill the vacancy. In his short term of office,
he despatched cases w T ith such rapidity, that the court-docket was
soon materially diminished. In 1844, finding his business
again increasing, he resigned his professorship which he had
held in the law-school from its foundation, and took in John
Kebler as a junior partner. From that time he was a lawyer
in full practice, confining himself chiefly to cases interesting
from their intricacy or from the amount of property involved,
and editing the "Western Law Journal." He declined a judge-
ship of the Superior Court which was proffered to him by the
governor of Ohio. The comments and explanations which he
gave to the students upon their text-books, while professor of
the law school, were subsequently developed into formal lectures,


and published in a volume under the title of f Introduction of
American Law." In 1854, the honorary degree of Doctor
of Laws was conferred upon him by Harvard College. By his
death, the Cincinnati bar lost one of its brightest ornaments,
and the profession one of its most profound and learned

1832. LEWIS JOSEPH GLOVEE, of Boston, died in Pep-
perell, Mass., 24 June, 1856, aged 49. He was a twin-child
(the other being a daughter) of Ezra and Eunice Glover, and was
born in Dorchester, Mass., 26, February, 1807; but was brought
up in Quincy, the family having removed into that town during
his infancy. He began to fit for college at Lexington Academy,
where he remained a year, when that school was broken up, and
he was sent to Milton Academy, where he completed his prepa
ratory studies. On leaving college, he began the study of
medicine in Boston, under the instruction of Dr. James Jack
son (H.C. 1796) ; and received his medical diploma at the
end of three years, when he began the practice of his profession
in Boston. He was quite successful, and was rapidly attaining
a high rank as a physician, until, about two years before his
death, he had a slight attack of paralysis, which was followed
by mental alienation. This continued, with occasional lucid
intervals, until death came to his relief.

1832. WILLIAM RICHARDSON died in Dorchester, Mass.,
6 June, 1856, aged 42. In a fit of temporary insanity, he
committed suicide by drowning himself in Neponset River. He
was son of Asa and Elizabeth (Bird) Eichardson, and was born
in Boston, 2 December, 1813. His father was a native of Bil-
lerica. His mother was a native of Dorchester, but removed to
Walpole, Mass., about 1804. He was fitted for college at the
Boston Latin School, and graduated with high honors. On the
1st of October, 1832, he was appointed usher in the reading-
department of the Mayhew School in Boston, where he re
mained one year. In September, 1833, he began the study of
divinity in the theological school at Cambridge, but relinquished
it at the end of six months ; and on the 20th of March, 1834,
he began the study of law in the office of Hon. Jeremiah


Mason, of Boston (Y.C. 1788). Having completed his legal
studies, he was admitted to the bar in April, 1837 ; and, on
the 6th of the same month, opened an office in Boston. He
soon attained to a high rank in his profession, and gained an
extensive and lucrative business. He was married in Walpole,
Mass., 30 June, 1836, to Almira Kingsbury, daughter of Hon.
Daniel Kingsbury of that place, but had no children. As a
pleader he was not conspicuous, but as a counsellor he was con
sidered as one of the safest and most able of his acre in Boston.


Mr. Mason, with whom he studied, often spoke in strong terms of
his high intellectual powers and of his great legal attainments.
He was distinguished for perfect integrity, for faithfulness to his
clients, and for the moderation of his charges for his services.
He was largely intrusted with the settlement of estates, and was
president of the Dorchester Savings Bank. He was in affluent
pecuniary circumstances , and happy in his domestic relations ;
was highly esteemed by his acquaintances as well as by his
professional brethren ; of an exceedingly affable and social dis
position, but of a somewhat nervous temperament ; and it
was supposed that anxiety, caused by the overwhelming care
and responsibility of duties intrusted to his charge by his
rapidly increasing professional business, induced a temporary
aberration of mind, which led him to commit the act of self-

1832. AKCHEK ROPES died in Baltimore, Md., 2 Octo
ber, 1855, aged 46. He was son of William and Rachel
(Archer) Ropes, and was born in Salem, Mass., 10 December,
1808. For several years previous to his preparing to enter col
lege, he was an apprentice in the apothecary store of Benjamin
F. Browne in Salem. He was fitted for college at the Salem
Latin School, then under the charge of Theodore Fames (Y.C.
1809). His name, originally, w r as Jonathan Archer Ropes;
but, the year of his graduation, he dropped the name of
Jonathan, and was styled Archer Ropes. After going through
a course of legal studies, he removed to Baltimore, and in 1835
began the practice of law in that place, where he continued until
his death. He was married in Baltimore, 13 January, 1852,

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to M. Emilie W. Tucker, but had no children. He was, for
several years, commander of the Maryland Cadets, at that time
regarded as one of the best disciplined companies in the country ;
was a colonel of Maryland militia ; a past grand-master of the
order of Odd Fellows ; a Mason ; and, under the municipal term
of Mayor Jerome, was the city-counsellor of Baltimore. He
was a man of great kindness of heart and of considerable intel
lectual ability.

cord, Mass., 5 September, 1855, aged 41. He was son of
Hon. William Simmons (H.C. 1804), and was born in Boston,
24 March, 1814. He was fitted for college at the Latin School
in Boston. Immediately after leaving college, he went as a
tutor in a private family to Europe, and travelled through Italy
and Greece, where he had the opportunity of cultivating those
tastes for art, and for foreign languages and literature, which in
him were always strong. On returning, he studied theology at
the Divinity School in Cambridge. He was ordained as an evan
gelist, in the Federal-street church in Boston, 9 October, 1838,
and immediately proceeded to Mobile, and there began his min
istry, which went on prosperously and acceptably until the 17th
of August, 1840, when he preached a sermon in which he al
luded to the peculiar institutions of the South in a manner which
gave great offence to the people in Mobile ; and, it being feared
that personal violence might be offered to him, he was concealed
on board a vessel in the bay, bound to Boston, and returned to
his native city. On the 27th of October, 1841, he was installed
at Waltham as associate pastor with Rev. Samuel Ripley, whose
daughter, Mary Emerson Ripley, he married 17 October, 1845 ;
who now survives him, the mother of four orphaned children.
Here he labored a few years with encouraging results : but his
views with regard to the slavery question, which he occasionally
expressed in the pulpit, created dissatisfaction among some of
his parishioners, which resulted in his leaving the place ; and, in
1843, he went to Germany for the purpose of theological study,
where he remained two years. Here he enjoyed the instructions
of Tholuck and Neander, and returned with some peculiarities



of opinion, but with no less of faith, and a marked increase of
scholarship. On the 9th of February, 1848, he was installed
at Springfield as the immediate successor of Rev. William B.
O. Peabody (H.C. 1816), who had deceased the previous
year. In this new and attractive field, his labors were abun
dantly rewarded until 1851, when his antislavery zeal broke out
anew ; and, as he had little disposition and less power to concili
ate those who differed from him, he was compelled to resign his
post, to bring back peace to the parish. From Springfield he
went to Albany ; and, in the prime of life and the maturity of his
mind, he was devoting himself unremittingly to his ministry,
and reaping, even then, a high reward, when symptoms of con
sumption manifested themselves in his system, and obliged him
to retire for a short period to the home of his mother in Con
cord, where soon, in middle age, the invalid pastor exchanged
earthly hope for heavenly fruition.

1836. Eev. JAMES CHISHOLM died of yellow fever in
Portsmouth, Ya., 15 September, 1855, aged 39. He was son
of William and Martha (Vincent) Chisholm, and was born in
Salem, Mass., 30 September, 1815. His father, William Chis
holm, was born, 24 September, 1772, in Inverness-shire, near the
city of Inverness, Scotland. His mother, Martha Vincent, was
born at Salem, Mass., 22 September, 1774. Mr. Chisholm
was prepared for college at the Salem Latin Grammar School.
Immediately after graduating, he went to the South to take the
associate charge of an academy at Charlestown, Jefferson County,
Va. A year afterwards, he went to Washington, D.C., where
he taught a private classical school a year and a half. In the
mean time, he became a candidate for orders in the Episcopal
church, and left Washington to enter the theological seminary
near Alexandria, Fairfax County, Va. He was ordained to
deacon s orders in October, 1840. His first ministerial labors
were over a colored congregation in Albemarle County, Va.,
consisting of the servants on the estate of Hon. William
C. Rives and other gentlemen of that neighborhood, who were
desirous that all under their care should enjoy the best privileges
of the gospel in meetings of their own. In this office he had an

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opportunity to observe the depth and fervency of religious feeling
which characterizes the African race. In the spring of 1842, he
was admitted to priest s orders, and was settled over three con
gregations, viz., Trinity Church, at Martinsburg ; Mount-
Zion Church, at Hedge ville ; and Calvary Church, at Back
Creek. To the first two of these congregations he preached on
alternate Sundays, and occasionally at Calvary Church, which
was built through his instrumentality. These churches were so
far apart, that it made a circuit of twenty-seven miles to visit
them. From this scene of his arduous labors, he was called, in
1850, to Portsmouth, Va., where he was instituted rector of St.
John s Church. This was a new church, and in a feeble condi
tion, numbering scarcely twenty communicants ; but it flourished
under his ministry, and is now in a vigorous state. Here he
continued until his death. On the 10th of August, 1847,
he was married to Jane Byrd Page, daughter of John White
Page, and great-grand-daughter of Carter Braxton, one of the
signers of the Declaration of Independence. She died in Feb
ruary, 1855, leaving two children, one of whom deceased but a
few days before his father. During the prevalence of the epi
demic in Norfolk and Portsmouth in September last, he felt it
his duty to remain at his post. With a fidelity and courage
worthy of his sacred profession, he met the terrible dangers of
the scene, and continued to the last, ministering consolation and
hope to the mourning and the dying. He left an only son,
about seven years old, whose pride it may be, in future years,
to look back upon the well-spent life and glorious death of his
father. As a proof of the estimation in which Mr. Chisholm
was held by the denomination ta which he belonged, we may
state, that, at the annual convention of the Protestant Episcopal
Church in Virginia, held at Fredericksburg, in May last, on the
recommendation of Bishop Meade, in his annual report, it was
voted that the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars be appropri
ated, from the fund of the society for the relief of widows and
orphans of deceased clergymen, annually, until otherwise ordered,
for the support and education of the son of the deceased, although
the latter was not a member of the society, and therefore his son


was not entitled to any thing from its funds. An interesting
memoir of Mr. Chisholm, by Rev. David H. Conrad, of Mar-
tinsburg, Va., was published abWt three months since, and a
third edition of the book is now in press. It has received the
highest commendation from the Rev. Dr. Tyng, of New York,
and the Rev. Prof. Huntington, of Cambridge.

1838. Dr. HENRY WARE WALES died in Paris, France,
8 June, 1856, aged 37. He was son of Thomas B. (H.C.
1795) and Ann (Beale) Wales, and was born in Boston, 11 De
cember, 1818. He was fitted for college, in Boston, at the
private school of Mr. Daniel Greenleaf Ingraham (H.C. 1809).
Immediately after graduating, he began the study of medicine
under the instruction of Dr. John C. Warren (H.C. 1797) ;
and received his medical degree in 1841. He then went to Paris
to pursue his professional studies further at the medical schools
in that city ; but after studying a few months, finding that the
medical profession was not congenial to his tastes, he abandoned
it, and devoted himself to the study of philology and the acqui
sition of languages, for which he had great fondness. These
studies he pursued with great ardor and success. He soon
acquired a thorough knowledge of French, Italian, and German,
and was able to converse fluently in either of them. He also
made himself master of the modern Greek ; and, under the cele
brated professors and teachers in Prussia, he pursued the study
of Sanscrit and of other oriental languages. After an absence of
eight years, he returned to his native city. He did not, however,
remain long at home, as his predilections were for a foreign
residence. On this, his second visit to Europe, he extended his
travels to far eastern regions, visiting Egypt and other oriental
places of note. This tour extended through a period of three
years, when he again returned to Boston. Here he remained
until October, 1854, when he started on his third visit to Eu
rope. Before his departure, his health began to fail ; and, some
time after his arrival in Europe, he was seized with an affection
of one of his knees. He passed the last winter in Rome, but
shut up in his house, suffering sickness and pain. In the spring,
he was carried to Paris, where he submitted to amputation of his

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limb ; but this could not save him. He gradually sank, and
breathed his last in a foreign land, comforted, however, by
the presence of friends and the attentions of a devoted brother.
His life was consecrated to literature, which he pursued with
untiring ardor. He had collected a large library of rare and
valuable works, with which he delighted to pass his time; the
temptations and frivolities of great foreign cities offering no
allurements for him. He pursued the even tenor of his way,
leading a quiet, blameless life ; and, when the hour of his depart
ure arrived, he calmly resigned his spirit into the hands of Him
who gave it.

1846. BEXJAMIX NEWHALL died in Milwaukie, Wis.,
30 March, 1856, aged 29. He was son of Benjamin Franklin
and Dorothy (Jewett) Newhall, and was bom in Lynn, Mass.,
7 March, 1827. His father was born in Lynn, 29 April, 1802.
His mother was born in Stanstead, Can., in 1807. He removed
with his father s family to Saugus, Mass., when nine years old.
At thirteen, he was placed at the Lynn Academy, where he was
fitted for college by Mr. Jacob Batchelder (D.C. 1830), whom
he mentions in his autobiography, in the " class-book," as a man
of the greatest worth and intelligence. On graduating, he
entered the Law School in Cambridge, and remained three years ;
receiving in course the degree of LL.B. in 1849. He then
returned to Saugus, where he resided until June, 1851. In
May of this year, he changed his name to Benjamin Newhall ; it
having been originally Benjamin Franklin Newhall. On leaving
Saugus, he went to Brooklyn, N.Y., where he passed about
eight months. In June, 1852, he removed to Milwaukie, and
entered the office of Messrs. Emmons and Yan Dyke for the
further prosecution of his legal studies. Being shortly afterwards
admitted to the bar, he began practising in December, 1852, in
partnership with A. C. May, Esq. Although, at the time of his
death, he had been but four years in practice, he had attained
an enviable position as a sound and well-read lawyer. He had
conducted several very important suits to a successful issue, and
his business was rapidly increasing. He chiefly excelled in
equity- and admiralty-law. At a meeting of the Milwaukie


bar, held the day after his decease, resolutions of a highly eulo

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