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HENSHAW, Joshua Sidney, author, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 16 October, 1811; died in Utica, New York, 29 April, 1859. He was a descendant of Jonathan Belcher, and his name, which was originally Joshua Henshaw Belcher, was changed by an act of the Pennsylvania legislature in 1845. He became a teacher in Chauncey Hall institute, Boston, in 1833, and from September, 1837, till 1841 was instructor of mathematics in the United States navy. During this period he made a voyage in the frigate "Columbia," an account of which was published under the title "Around the World, by an Officer of the United States Navy" (New York, 1840). After resigning his professorship in the navy he studied law, and was admitted to the bar in Philadelphia, but in 1843 he was reinstated in his former post. From 1848 till his death he practised law in Utica. He published "Philosophy of Human Progress" (1835); "Incitements to Moral and Intellectual Well-Doing" (1836); "Life of Father Mathew" (1847); and "United States Manual for Consuls" (1849). A work on "Bible Ethics" was left unfinished.
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