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COCKRELL, Francis Marion, senator, born in Johnson county, Missouri, 1 October, 1834. He was graduated at Chapel Hill, Missouri, in 1853, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced in Warrens-burg. He entered the Confederate army, where he rose to be a colonel, commanding the 1st Missouri brigade under General Bowen, which was routed at Baker's Creek, and he was afterward commissioned a brigadier-general. He never held a public office until elected as a democratic senator in congress from Missouri, to succeed Carl Schurz, taking his seat on 4 March, 1875. He was re-elected in 1880 for the term expiring 3 March, 1887...CODAZZI, Agostine (ko-dat'-see), Italian en-grocer, born in Lugo, Italy, in 1792; died in 1859. He made several campaigns under Napoleon, and afterward distinguished himself as an engineer in South America. He went to Santa Fe de Bogota about 1826, entered the Colombian service as lieutenant colonel of artillery, and was employed in making charts and preparing plans of defense. General Paez appointed him in 1831 to prepare charts of the new republic of Venezuela, and he was occupied until 1840 with this work, taking part twice during that time in defensive military expeditions. In 1838 and 1839 he conducted an exploration to the interior of Guiana, penetrating nearly to the sources of the Orinoco. He was made a colonel in the Venezuelan army, afterward established a German colony in the republic, and in 1848 was employed by the government of New Granada upon a topographical survey. During his later explorations he visited the isthmus of Panama to ascertain the possibility of cutting a canal through it. Col. Codazzi published "Redsmen de la Geografia de Venezuela," with an extensive chart of the country (Paris, 1841), and other works.
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