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HOPPIN, William Jones, diplomatist, born in Providence, Rhode Island, 21 April, 1813. He studied at Yale and at Middlebury college, Vermont, where he was graduated in 1832, and then pursued the law course at Harvard, obtaining the degree of LL.B. in 1835. He frequently visited Europe, contributed articles on art subjects to American and European periodicals, and edited the "Bulletin" of the American art union. He also wrote several dramatic pieces, which were acted. He was one of the founders of the Century association, usually called the Century club, of New York, in 1846. From 1876 to 1886 he was secretary of the United States legation at London, at various times acting as charge d'affaires.--His brother, Thomas Frederick, artist, born in Providence, Rhode Island, 15 August, 1816, early showed artistic talents, and studied in Philadelphia, and in Paris under Delaroche, After his return to the United States, in 1837, he took up his residence in New York city, where he made the designs of the four evangelists which compose the great chancel window of Trinity church. A figure of a dog that was modelled by him is supposed to have been the first piece of sculpture cast in bronze in the United States. He has produced statues and groups in plaster; also many etchings in outline and other pictures illustrating American life and history, and has drawn and engraved on wood.--Another brother, Augustus, artist and author, born in Providence, Rhode Island, 13 July, 1828, was graduated at Brown in 1848, studied law, and practised for a short time in Providence, but his love of art impelled him to abandon the law. After spending the years 1854 and 1855 in study and observation in the galleries of Europe, he returned to the United States, devoted himself to drawing on wood, and by his spirited and graceful rendering gained a high reputation as an illustrator of books. Among the works for which he drew designs are "The Potiphar Papers" (1853)" "Nothing to Wear" (1857), one of the earliest publications of George W. Carleton, for which the publisher began to draw the designs, but turned them over to his friend, Mr. Hoppin, who made the drawings on wood; "Mrs. Partington's Sayings", and "The Autocrat at the Breakfast Table." His first publication was a brochure, entitled "Carrot Pomade," with illustrations (New York, 1864). After a journey to Europe and the east in 1871 he published a series of illustrated sketch books, bearing the titles "On the Nile" (Boston, 1871)", "Ups and Downs on Land and Water" the European Tour in a Series of Pictures" (1871), and "Crossing the Atlantic" (1872). During the Boston musical festival he was the artist for a series of illustrated papers entitled "Jubilee Days," which were afterward collected into a volume (1872). His other books are a humorous illustrated volume called "Hay Fever" (1873); a work of fiction called "Recollections of Auton House," with illustrations by the author, under the pen-name of "C. Auton" (1881); "A Fashionable Sufferer," also illustrated (1883); and "Two Compton Boys" (1885). He is also the author of an anonymous romance "Married for Fun" (Boston, 1885).--Their cousin, William Warner, governor of Rhode Island, born in Providence, Rhode Island, 1 September, 1807, was graduated at Yale in 1828, and at the law school in 1830. After serving in the municipal boards of Providence he was sent to the state senate in 1853, and in 1854 was elected governor. He was re-elected in 1855 and 1856, and was nominated for a fourth term, but declined. In 1856, when assured of election to the United States senate, he withdrew in favor of his friend, James F. Simmons, and in 1858 he was a candidate for the same office, but was defeated by Henry B. Anthony. He was a delegate to the peace conference in 1861, and in 1866 he was again returned to the state senate. While a member of that body he procured the passage, against much opposition, of the ten-hour law for labor. He became a register in bankruptcy in 1872, and in 1875 sat in the lower house of the legislature. Many of his speeches and messages have been published. William Warner's brother, James Mason, educator, born in Providence, Rhode Island, 17 January, 1820, was graduated at Yale in 1840, studied law at the Harvard law school, where he was graduated in 1842, and then theology at the Union theological seminary in New York, and at Andover seminary, being graduated at the latter institution in 1845. He pursued the study two years longer at the University of Berlin, under Neander, travelled for a year in Germany, Greece, and Palestine, and from 1850 till 1859 was pastor of a Congregational church in Salem, Massachusetts In 1861 he accepted the chair of homiletics and the pastoral charge in Yale. During the first two years of his professorship he acted as pastor of the college church, and in 1872-'5 lectured on forensic eloquence in the law school. In 1879 he resigned the chair of pastoral theology in order to assume that of the history of art. In 1880 he taught homiletics in the Union theological seminary, New York city. He received the degree of D. D. from Knox college, Galesburg, Illinois, in 1870. Professor Hoppin is the author of "Notes of a Theological Student" (New York, 1854); "Old England, its Art, Scenery, and People" (Boston, 1867); "Office and Work of the Christian Ministry" (New York, 1869); "Life of Rear-Admiral Andrew Hull Foote" (1874); "Memoir of Henry Armitt Brown" (Philadelphia, 1880). "Homiletics" (New York, 1881); and "Pastoral Theology" (1884). The last two are the divisions of his work entitled "The Office of the Ministry," revised and re-written. He has also contributed numerous articles to the "Bibliotheca Sacra." and to the "New Englander."
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