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DRISLER, Henry, scholar, born on Staten Island, New York, 27 December 1818. He was graduated at Columbin in 1839, for several years he was classical instructor in the grammar school of the College, was appointed tutor of Greek and Latin in Columbin in 1843, adjunct professor of those languages in 1845, professor of Latin in 1857, and professor of Greek in 1867. During the absence of President Barnard in 1878 he was acting president of the University. He was engaged with Dr. Anthon in the preparation of a series of Textbooks, and has reedited, with additions, Liddell and Scott's edition of Passow's Greek Lexicon, which reached a sale of 25,000 copies in two years after publication (1851'3).
He had in press a greatly enlarged edition of Yonge's English Greek Lexicon, which and chief justice of the state. He delivered a charge to the grand jury of Charleston on 22 April in which he declared that the king had abdicated the government, and had no more authority over the people of South Carolina. On 15 October 1776, and in October 1777, he delivered other charges bearing on the question of independence, which had a powerful effect both in this country and Great Britain. During the absence of John Rutledge in 1777 the duties of president of the state devolved upon him, and in 1778 he was elected a delegate to the Continental congress, of which he continued an active member till his death. He strongly opposed, in a pamphlet, the propositions of conciliation presented by Lord Howe, and on 12 July 1778, was appointed, with John Hancock and William Duer, to conduct the French minister to Philadelphia. He left a narrative of the events of the Revolution, which was edited and published by his son, Governor John Drayton, under the title " Memoirs of the American Revolution" (2 vols., Charleston, 1821).
His only son, John Drisler, governor of South Carolina, born in South Carolina in 1766; died in Charleston, South Carolina, 22 November 1822, was educated at Princeton, under Dr. Witherspoon, and in England. He was admitted to the bar, began practice in Charleston, and was elected lieutenant governor in 1798, becoming governor by the death of Governor Edward Rutledge, 23 January 1800. He was elected to the office in December served two years, and was again elected for the term of 1808'10. While governor in 1801, he used his influence for the establishment of South Carolina College. On 7 May 1812, he was appointed by President Madison U. S. judge for the district of South Carolina, and served till his death. Besides his father's memoirs, Governor Drayton published " Letters written during a Tour through the Northern and Eastern States" (1794), and "A View of South Carolina" (1802).
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