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Andrew Pickens Butler, an American senator, born in Edgefield district, S. C, Nov. 17, 1796, died near Edgefield Court House, S. C, May 25, 1857. He graduated at South Carolina college in 1817, and was admitted to the bar in 1819. In 1824 he was elected to the state legislature, and in 1831, during the nullification excitement, was chosen colonel of a regiment of cavalry. In 1833 he was appointed a judge of the courts of general sessions and common pleas, and afterward of the supreme court of the state. In 1846 he was elected to the senate of the United States, and was soon after made chairman of the judiciary committee. In the senate he took a prominent part in all discussions in which the interests of the South were involved. His report upon the fugitive slave law was sustained by him in an elaborate speech. His last speech in the senate, in defence of South Carolina, and in reply to Mr. Sumner, led indirectly to the assault upon Mr. Sumner by Preston S. Brooks.
Andrew Wylie, an American educator, born in Washington co., Pa., April 12, 1789, died in Bloomington, Ind., Nov. 11, 1851. He graduated at Jefferson college in 1810, became its president in 1812, and was licensed as a preacher in the Presbyterian church. In 1817 he was chosen president of Washington college, and from 1829 till his death he was president of the university of Indiana. In 1841 he was ordained a deacon in the Protestant Episcopal church, and in 1842 a priest. His publications consist of an "English Grammar" (1822), "Sectarianism is Heresy" (1840), and numerous occasional addresses.
Angelo Brofferio, an Italian poet and politician, born at Castelnuovo, Piedmont, in 1802, died at Verbanella, on Lago Maggiore, May 26, 1866. He practised law in Turin, chiefly in criminal cases, and was at the same time an influential journalist. Having early agitated in favor of the national cause, he became the democratic leader in the chamber of deputies, where he represented Cavaglia, 1848-'53, Genoa, 1853-'60, and subsequently a small borough of southern Italy, after having lost ground by his opposition to Oavour, whom he had satirized in his Tartufo politico. Several of his many dramas were successful. A 5th edition of his Canzoni (patriotic songs in the Piedmontese dialect) appeared -in 1858; and shortly before his death he composed L'lnno de guerra, a popular war hymn. He also published a history of Piedmont from 1814 to 1851 (5 vols., 1849-'52), and I miei tempi (20 vols., 1858-'61).
Angioliiia Bosio, an Italian vocalist, born in Turin, Aug. 20, 1829, died in St. Petersburg, Aug. 12, 1859. She belonged to a family of dramatic artists, studied in Milan under Catta-neo, made her d6but at Turin in Verdi's / due Foscari, and afterward sang with great success in Copenhagen and Madrid. Her first appearance in Paris was in Verdi's Nabucco in 1848; and she acquired celebrity there afterward in the same composer's Luisa Miller and in Rossini's Molse. She visited Cuba and the United States in 1849, and after new triumphs in London and other capitals, accepted an engagement at the Italian opera in St. Petersburg, dying there from a cold in the zenith of her fame. Her voice was a pure soprano of power and sympathetic quality, and her style refined and polished, though she was deficient in vehemence. She was married to a gentleman named Xindavelonis.