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RANDALL, Samuel S., author, born in Norwich, New York, 27 Nay, 1809; died in New York city, 3 June, 1881. He was educated at Oxford academy and at Hamilton college, and in 1830-'6 practised law in Chenango county. In 1836-'7 he was deputy clerk of the state assembly, in May, 1837, he was appointed clerk in the department of common schools, and in 1838 he became general deputy superintendent of common schools, which office he held till 1854. After serving for a short time as superintendent of Brooklyn public schools, he was appointed to a similar post in New York city, and served till June, 1870, when he resigned. From 1845 till 1852 he edited the "District School Journal," and he was the associate editor of the "American Journal of Education and College Review," and of the " Northern Light," published at Albany. Among other works he published "Digest of the Common-School System of the State of New York" (Troy, 1844); "Incentives to the Cultivation of Geology" (New York, 1846) ; "Mental and Moral Culture and Popular Education" (1850);" First Principles of Popular Education" (1868) ; and "History of the State of New York " (1870).--His cousin, Henry Stephens, author, born in Madison county, New York, in 1811; died in Cortland, New York, 14 August, 1876, was graduated at Union college in 1830, studied law, and was admitted to the bar, but never practised, he became secretary of state and superintendent of public instruction of New York state in 1851, and was the author of the bill that created the separate department of public instruction and the office of superintendent. In 1871 Mr. Randall was elected to the assembly, and appointed chairman of the committee on public education. He was one of the editors of "Moore's Rural New Yorker," contributed to agricultural, scientific, and literary periodicals, and published " Sheep Husbandry" (Philadelphia, 1849); "The Life of Thomas Jefferson" (New York, 1858); "Fine-Wool Sheep Husbandry" (1863); "Practical Shepherd" (Rochester, 1864); and "First Principles of Popular Education and Public Instruction" (1868).
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