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Helen Louise Gibson Osgood

OSGO0D, Helen Louise Gibson, philanthropist, born in Boston, Massachusetts, about 1835; died in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, 20 April, 1868. During her childhood she removed with her parents to Chelsea, Massachusetts, and after their death she became the ward of Francis B. Fay, of that place, in whose family she lived for several years. She was well educated, and was endowed with great musical and conversational powers. When the civil war began she was among the first to organize soldiers' aid societies, and provided employment for those wives and daughters of soldiers that were in straitened circumstances. In the early spring of 1862 she went to the army as a nurse. She organized and conducted for many months a hospital for 1,000 colored soldiers of the Army of the Potomac, and displayed great executive ability. In 1866 she married Mr. Osgood, who was connected with the sanitary commission in the Army of the Potomac. Her patriotic labors superinduced the illness which caused her death. 0SGO0]), Howard, clergyman, born in Plaque-mine parish, Louisiana, 4 January, 1831. He entered Harvard, but left in 1849 before graduation. His degree of A. B. was sent to him in 1858. He was educated in the Protestant Episcopal church, but, having adopted Baptist views, was ordained to the ministry in that denomination. After holding pastorates in Flushing, L. I., and in New York city, he was in 1868 called to the professorship of Hebrew in Croser theological seminary, Pennsylvania In 18'75 he was elected to the same chair in Rochester theological seminary, he was a member of the American committee for the revision of the Old Testament. The degree of D. D. was conferred on him by Brown in 1868. Dr. Osgood has made three visits to Europe, and has contributed to periodicals numerous articles that are marked by great research. 0SGOOD, Rate Putnaln, author, born in Frye-burg, Maine, in 1841. She began to write early, and has contributed both in prose and poetry to the magazines. In 1869 she went abroad, spending several years in France, Germany, and Switzerland, returning to the United States in 1874. Her best-known poem, "Driving Home the Cows," published anonymously in "Harper's Magazine," in March, 1865, was copied by nearly every journal in the United States, and was one of the few poems of merit that were suggested by the civil war.--James Ripley Osgood, the publisher, is her brother.

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