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MINOT, George Richards, jurist, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 22 December, 1758: died there, 2 January, 1802 He was graduated at Harvard in 1778, and, after studying law with Fisher Ames, was admitted to the bar, and practised his profession in Boston In 1781 he was made clerk of the Massachusetts house of representatives, and in 1792 he was appointed probate judge for the county of Suffolk, also serving, meanwhile, as secretary of the convention that adopted the United States constitution. He was made chief justice of the court of common pleas in 1799. and judge of the municipal court of Boston on its establishment in 1800, which office he held until his death. Judge Minot was one of the founders of the Massachusetts historical society, and edited three volumes of its "Collections." He delivered the oration on the anniversary of the Boston massacre on 5 March, 1782; an address to the Charitable fire society (1795); and a "Eulogy on Washington" (1800). In addition to many fugitive pieces m the newspapers and magazines, he published "History of the Insurrection in Massachusetts in 1786" (Worcester, 1786), and "Continuation of the [Hutchinson's] History of Massachusetts Bay from the Year 1748, with an introductory Sketch of Events from its Original Settlement" (2 vols., Boston, 1798 and 1803).--His grandson, Francis, physician, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 12 April, 1821, was graduated at Harvard in 1841, and at the medical department in 1844, and has since practised his profession in Boston. In 1871 he was made assistant professor of the theory and practice of medicine, and clinical lecturer on the diseases of women and children, in the medical department of Harvard, which places he held until 1874, when he was made full professor of the theory and practice of physic. Dr. Minor was visiting physician of the Massachusetts general hospital from 1858 till 1887, and has since continued his connection with that institution in a consulting relation. He is a member of various scientific organizations, and has contributed papers to professional journals.--Francis's nephew, Charles Sedgwick, biologist, born in West Roxbury (now part of Boston), Massachusetts, 23 December, 1852. He was graduated in the chemical course at the Massachusetts institute of technology in 1872, and then devoted his attention to biology, studying that science in Leipsic, Paris, and Wurzburg, and receiving his doctorate at Harvard in 1878. In 1880 he became lecturer on embryology in Harvard medical school and instructor in oral pathology and surgery These appointments he held until 1883, When he became assistant professor of histology and embryology at that institution. Dr. Minor is a member of scientific societies, and in 1885 was general secretary of the American association for the advancement of science. His researches have been principally on the physiology of the muscles and respiration, in general biology, particularly concerning growth and death, and in human embryology, concerning which he has published more than eighty papers in scientific journals.
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