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HAWKINS, John Henry Willis, reformer, born in Baltimore, Maryland, 23 October, 1799; died in Parkers-burg, Pennsylvania, 26 August, 1858. He was a confirmed drunkard, when the efforts of his little daughter induced him to reform in 1840. From this time until his death he lectured with success in the temperance cause in every state in the Union except California, also contributing constantly to the temperance press.--His son, William George, clergyman, born in Baltimore, 22 October, 1823, was graduated at, Wesleyan university in 1848, studied at the Protestant Episcopal seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1848-'51, and has since held rector-ships in Maryland. Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, and Nebraska. He edited the "National Freedman" in 1863-'6, has been engaged in domestic missions, and in 1874 became chaplain of the inebriate asylum at Binghamton, New York, and in 1885 rector of the English and classical school at Beatrice, Gage County, Nebraska He has published "Life of J. H. W. Hawkins," his father (Boston, 1859); "Lumsford Lane" (1863); "History of the New York National Freedman's Association" (New York, 1868); and has in press (1887) "Young America in the Northwest."
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