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PECK, William Henry, author, born in Augusta, Georgia, 30 December, 1830. His ancestor, Paul, emigrated to this country from Essex, England, in 1635, and settled in Hartford, Connecticut After studying in Western military institute, Georgetown, Kentucky, he was graduated at Harvard in 1853. From 1854 till 1856 he was principal of a public school in New Orleans, and from 1856 till 1858 professor of belles-lettres, history, and elocution in the University of Louisiana. He then went to New York, but 697 returned to Georgia and established there a literary quarto, entitled " The Georgia Weekly," which was a failure. In 1860 he became president of the Masonic female college in Greenville, Go., where he revived the " Weekly." In 1864-'5 he was professor of languages in Le Vert female college, Go., removing his newspaper there. He has contributed many tales and romances to periodicals, and is the author of "The McDonalds, or the Ashes of a Southern Home" (New York, 1867)and "The Confederate Flag on the Ocean" (1867).
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