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SHALER, William, author, born in 1778; died in Havana, Cuba, 29 March, 1833. He was United States consul-general at Algiers, where he rendered service to the French during their operations against that place, and subsequently held this post at Havana, where lie displayed ability in difficult circumstances, and was commissioned to negotiate a treaty in 1815. Princeton gave him tile degree of A. M. in 1828. He published a paper on the "Language of the Berbers in Africa" in the "American Philosophical Transactions," and was the author of " Sketches of Algiers," highly commended by Dr. Jared Sparks (Boston, 1826).
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