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HOPKINS, William Fenn, educator, born in Connecticut in 1802; died in Jamaica, W. I., 13 July, 1859. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1825, assigned to the artillery, and employed, with the rank of lieutenant, as assistant professor in 1826-'7, and from 1827 till 1835 as acting professor of chemistry, mineralogy, and geology. He resigned in 1836 and engaged in mercantile pursuits, declining the professorship of mathematics in Jefferson college, Louisiana, in 1837. In 1843 he became principal of Norfolk academy, Virginia, and in 1846 adjunct-superintendent and professor of natural sciences in the Western military institute at Georgetown, Kentucky, having' the rank of lieutenant-colonel. In 1849 he was chosen president and mathematical professor in the Masonic university of Tennessee at Clarksville, Tennessee, which post he exchanged the same year for that of professor of chemistry and natural philosophy in William and Mary college, Virginia In 1850 he was appointed professor of natural and experimental philosophy in the United States naval academy at Annapolis, Maryland. where he remained until four months before his death, when he received the appointment of United States consul to Jamaica. The degree of LB. D. was conferred on him by Hobart, in 1853.
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