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This might be a very useful book, but when I tried to "read it now" I could only get the volume dedicated to the "H"s. Not useful if you are looking for people who last names began with another letter.
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The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans
Rossiter Johnson,John Howard Brown
No preview available - 2015
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Page 1843 - I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country...
Page 1888 - Administration shall be subject to review, on appeal, by such administrator. "SEC. 3. All property the title of which now stands in the name of the Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers is hereby transferred to and the title thereof vested in the United States.
Page 1868 - He was a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery company of Boston, 1794-1844, and frequently conducted the music on public occasions.
Page 1867 - He was appointed by the President a member of the board of visitors to the US Military academy, West Point, in 1885, and to the US Naval academy, Annapolis, in 1896.
Page 1847 - At the time of his death he was a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the American...
Page 1889 - In the early part of 1951 he was elected an associate member of the National Academy of Design in New York.
Page 1884 - Select School, and was graduated from the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania in 1862.
Page 1869 - We have drawn the elephant; now let us see if we can harness him up.