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RILL, George, poet, born in Guilford, Connecticut, in 1796; died in New York, 15 December, 1871. He was graduated at Yale in 1816, and, after being employed in a public office in Washington, D. C., entered the United States navy in 1827 as a teacher of mathematics, in which capacity he made a cruise in the Mediterranean. In 1831 he resigned and became librarian in the state department in Washington, which office he held until 1839, when he was appointed United States consul for the southern part of Asia Minor. He resigned this post, owing to his health, and again accepted an office in the state department, but in 18,55 returned to Guilford, Connecticut He was the author of "Ruins of Athens and Other Poems," published anonymously (1834; 2d ed., with additions, Boston, 1839; 3d ed., entitled " Titania's Banquet, Pictures of Women, and Other Poems," New York, 1870). His latest poem was written for the dedication of the monument to his friend, Fitz-Greene Halleck, at Guilford, and his last composition was a scholarly essay on Sappho.
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