Ralph Randolph Gurley, an American clergyman and philanthropist, born at Lebanon, Conn., May 26, 1797, died in Washington, D. C., July 30, 1872. He graduated at Yale college in 1818, and soon after took up his residence in Washington. He was licensed to preach by the presbytery of Baltimore, but was never ordained. In 1822 he became agent of the American colonization society, a position which he retained until his death. He visited Africa in behalf of colonization three times, under appointment of the society or of the United States government, and aided in the organization of the Liberian government. He also visited England for the purpose of securing English aid for African colonization. During the first ten years of his agency the annual income of the colonization society increased from $778 to $40,000. He delivered speeches in its behalf in all parts of the country, edited the "African Repository," and besides many reports wrote "The Life of J. Ash-mun" (Washington, 1835), "Mission to England for the American Colonization Society " (1841), and "Life and Eloquence of Rev. S. Lamed" (New York, 1844).