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BROCKETT, Linus Pierpont, author, born in Canton, Connecticut, 16 October, 1820. He studied at Brown, but left, on account of delicate health, before grad-nation, taught for some time, studied medicine in Washington, District of Columbia, the College of physicians and surgeons in New York, and Yale medical College, and was graduated as M. died at the last in 1843. After practicing his profession for several years he devoted himself to literary pursuits in Hartford, Connecticut from 1847 till 1857 he was engaged in the publishing business in that city. In 1854 he was appointed by the legislature a commissioner to investigate idiocy in Connecticut, in which task he spent two years. Since 1856 he has been connected with several religious papers, and has contributed to cyclopedias, magazines, and reviews. He has been at different times editor of the magazines called the "Brooklyn Monthly," the "Brooklyn Advance," and "Descriptive America." Besides these labors he has published forty-six distinct works on geographical, biographical, historical, religious, professional, social, and literary subjects. His works include a "History of Education" (1859); "Philanthropic Results of the Civil War" (1864); "Our Great Captains" (1865); with S. M. Schmucker, a "History of the Civil War" (1866); in collaboration with Mrs. M. C. Vaughan, "Woman's Work in the Civil War" (Philadelphia, 1867); "Men of Our Day" (Philadelphia, 1868; revised ed., 1872); "Woman: Her Rights, Wrongs, Privileges, and Responsibilities" (Hartford, 1869); "The Year of Battles, a History of the Franco-German War of 1870-'1" (1871); "Epidemic and Contagious Diseases" (1873); and "The Silk Industry m America" (1876).
BROCKLESBY, John, educator, born in West Bromwich, England, 8 October, 1811. He came to the United States in 1820, was graduated at Yale in 1835, a tutor there from 1838 till 1840, professor of mathematics and natural philosophy in Trinity College, Hartford, from 1842 till 1873, and professor of natural philosophy and astronomy from 1873 till 1882. He was acting president of the College in 1860, 1864, 1866, 1867, and 1874. In 1868 he received the degree of LL. D. from Hobart College. His works include "Elements of Meteorology" (New York, 1848); "Views of the Microscopic World" (1850); "Elements of Astronomy" (1855); and "Elements of Physical Geography" (Philadelphia, 1868). He has contributed articles to scientific periodicals, notably that of the American association for the advancement of science.
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