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HAWLEY, Gideon, scholar, born in Huntington, Connecticut, 26 September, 1785; died in Albany, New York, 16 July, 1870. He was graduated at Union college in 1809, and admitted to the bar at Albany, New York, in 1813. in 1814 he was appointed secretary of the regents of the University of New York, and performed the duties of that office, without a salary, for twenty-seven years. From the organization of the Smithsonian institution, in 1846, until his death, he was one of its four regents-at-large. Mr. Hawley was a scholar of fine attainments, and familiar with the literature of many countries. He printed for private distribution "Essays in Truth and Knowledge" (Albany, 1850), which are characterized by metaphysical discrimination and acuteness.
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