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RAWSON, Albert Leighton, author, born in Chester, Vermont, 15 October, 1829. After studying law, theology, and art, he made four visits to the Orient, and in 1851-'2 made a pilgrimage from Cairo to Mecca with the annual caravan disguised as a Mohammedan student of medicine. He also explored the Indian mounds of the Mississippi valley, and visited Central America in 1854-'5, publishing "The Crania of the Mound-Builders of the United States and of Central America." He travelled in the Hudson bay territories in 1863. Mr. Rawson has been adopted as a brother by the Adwan Bedawins of Moab and initiated by the Druzes in Mount Lebanon, is a founder of the Theosophical society in the United States, and is a member of various literary, scientific, and geographical societies. He has received honorary degrees, including that of LL. D. from Oxford in 1880. He has published many maps and has illustrated books from original sketches, including "The Life of Jesus," by Reverend Henry Ward Beecher (New York, 1871), has executed more than 3,000 engravings, contributed to magazines, and is the author of "Bible Dictionaries" (Philadelphia, 1870-'5) ; " Histories of all Religions" (1870) ; "Statistics of Protestantism" (1870) ; "Antiquities of the Orient" (New York, 1870);" Vocabulary of the Bedawin Languages of Syria and Egypt" (Cairo, 1874) ; "Dictionaries of Arabic, German, and English" (Leip-sic, 1876) ; "Vocabulary of Persian and Turkish Languages" (Cairo, 1877) ; "Chorography of Palestine" (London, 1880); a translation of "The Symposium of Basra" (1880); "Historical and Archeological Introduction to the Holy Bible" (New York, 1884): and "The Unseen World" (1888).
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