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Fayette Robinson

Born in Virginia, was author of "Mexico and her Military Chieftains", Philadelphia, 1847; "Account of the Organization of the Army of the United States, with Biographies of Distinguished Officers", 1848; "California and the Gold Regions", New York, 1849; "Grammar of the Spanish Language", Philadelphia, 1850; a romance entitled "Wizard of the Wave", New York, 1853; a translation of Anthelme Brillat-Savarin's "Physiologie du Gout", Philadelphia, 1854; and novels from the French.

He died in New York City, March 26, 1859.
Submitted by: Frances Cooley


Lewis S Craig

Born in Virginia; entered the army as second lieutenant of the Second Dragoons, October 14, 1837; transferred to Third Infantry, August, 1838, and in March, 1840, made assistant commissary of subsistence. He was promoted to first lieutenant in June, 1840; to captain in June, 1846; served with distinction in the Mexican war, and was brevetted major for gallant conduct at Monterey, and lieutenant-colonel for Contreras and Cherubusco, where he was wounded.

He was killed by deserters while in the performance of his duty, near New River, California. June 6, 1852.
Submitted by: Frances Cooley


FREMONT, Mrs. Jessie Benton, born in Virginia, in 1824. She is a daughter of the late Hon. Thomas Hart Benton, of Missouri, who was conspicuous as editor, soldier and statesman, and famous for thirty years in the United States Senate, from 1820 to 1851. During the long period of Col. Benton's public life Jessie Benton was an acknowledged belle of the old regime. She possessed all the qualities of her long and illustrious ancestry, illuminated by her father's record, and was the center of a circle of famous men and women. She became the wife of John Charles Fremont, the traveler and explorer, who was born in Savannah, Ga., in 1813. Gen. Fremont is known to the world as the "Great Path Finder," and a "Grateful Republic" recognized his services. In 1849 he settled in California and was elected senator for that State. He received in 1856 the first nomination ever made by the Republican party for president. His wife was a prominent factor 1n that campaign. A major-general's commission was conferred in 1862, but General Fremont was more famous as explorer than as statesman or general. In 1878 he was appointed Governor of Arizona, where both he and Mrs. Fremont were very popular. Then closed the long and honorable public life of the Pioneer of the Pacific. In all these public positions Mrs. Fremont won renown in her own right. As a writer she is brilliant, concise and at all times interesting. Her extensive acquaintance with the brightest intellects of the world enabled her to enter the field of literature fully equipped, and since the death of Gen. Fremont she finds pleasure in her pen. The memoirs of Mrs. Fremont will find a large circle of readers. She is now a resident of Los Angeles, Cal., and lives with her daughter. Congress has recognized the services of "The Great Explorer" and given his widow a pension of two-thousand dollars per annum. Her published books are "Story of the Guard, a Chronicle of the War," with a German translation (Boston, 1863), a sketch of her father, Thomas H. Benton, prefixed to her husband's memoirs (1886), and "Souvenirs of my Time" (Boston, 1887). She is passing her days in quiet retirement.
(Source: American Women by Frances Elizabeth Willard, Mary Ashton Rice Livermore, Vol. 1, 1897. Transcribed by Marla Snow)


Catlet Jones

Born in Virginia, about 1750, accompanied Daniel Boone to Kentucky, and was one of the twelve settlers who rescued Boone's daughter, who had been captured by the Indians, and while guarding the "corn-patch" with Boone was severely wounded.

After serving throughout the revolution, he joined the Society of Friends, became a preacher, and in 1801 immigrated to Ohio.

He died in Columbiana County, Ohio, in 1829.

Submitted by: Frances Cooley


NATHANIEL THOMAS LAPTON

Lapton, Nathaniel Thomas, chemist, born in Virginia, Dec. 19, 1830; died in Auburn, Ala., June 12, 1893. He was graduated at Dickinson College in 1849, and, after spending two years in study in Heidelberg, became Professor of Chemistry and Geology in Randolph-Macon College and in the Southern University of Alabama. In 1871 he was elected President of the State University of Alabama, taking also the chair of Chemistry; in 1875 he became Professor of Chemistry in Vanderbilt University, where he remained eleven years; and in 1885 was appointed State Chemist of Alabama and Professor of Chemistry in the Agricultural College of that State, holding both offices till his death. Dr. Lupton was chairman of the chemical Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1877; vice-president of that association in 1880; and Vice-President of the American Chemical Society in 1889. He was author of "The Elementary Principles of Scientific Agriculture."
(Source: Appleton’s Annual Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events 1893.  Vol. XVIII.  Published 1894.  Contributed by Robyn Greenlund)





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