George Demetrius Bibesco, prince, a Walla-chian statesman, born in 1804. He is of a distinguished family, was educated in Paris, and served in important public offices. He aided in the overthrow of Alexander Ghika in 1842, and succeeded him as hospodar (1843), but was driven from power by a revolutionary rising in 1848. In 1857, at the request of the Porte, he aided in preparing for the political union of Wallachia and Moldavia under the rule of a foreign prince. In 1862 he was elected to the Roumanian parliament, but declined. - His brother, Barbo Demetrius Stiebey, who died in 1869, was hospodar of Wallachia from 1849 to 1856, but absent from his capital during the Russian invasion of 1853-4: and another brother, John, was minister of religion and education from 1850 to 1853. - Three sons of Prince George served as officers in the French army. One of them, Nicholas, distinguished himself in Algeria, and married Ney's granddaughter Mile. d'Elchingen.
George Dixon, an English navigator, born in 1755, died about 1800. He sailed in Cook's third expedition. On his return he was made captain in the navy, and in 1785 in concert with Capt. Portlock sailed on a new expedition, with two vessels, under the auspices of the Nootka sound company. In the course of their joint explorations they discovered a number of harbors, ports, bays, and small islands on the coast of North America, and arrived at Hawaii, Sept. 28, 1786, whence Dixon proceeded to China, and in 1788 returned to England. He is the author of a description of his own expedition, under the title of "A Voyage round the World, but more particularly to the N. W. Coast of America" (1789); "Vovage of Meares " (1790-'91); and "The Navigator's Assistant" (1790).
George Dyer, an English author, born in London, March 15, 1755, died there, March 2, 1841. He was educated at Christ's hospital and at Emmanuel college, Cambridge, and was successively a tutor, Baptist minister, parliamentary reporter, and writer. He was a schoolmate and intimate associate of Charles Lamb. In 1830 he lost his eyesight. He was joint editor of Valpy's combination of the Delphin, Bipont, and Variorum editions of the Latin classics, and published a " History of the University and Colleges of Cambridge" (2 vols., 1814), "The Privileges of the University of Cambridge" (2 vols., 1824), and "Academic Unity" (1827).
George Edwards, an English ornithologist, born in Stratford, Essex, about 1693, died July 23, 1773. He was brought up to trade, but developed a taste for natural history and antiquities, and at the close of his apprenticeship visited Holland, Norway, and other parts of Europe, in prosecuting his favorite researches. The fruit of his labors appeared in his " Natural History of uncommon Birds, and of some rare and undescribed Animals" (4 vols. 4to, London, 1743, '47, '50, and '51); to which three more volumes were added in 1758, '60, and '64, called " Gleanings of Natural History." This exceedingly valuable work contained numerous plates, with descriptions in French and English of more than 600 subjects. In its original form it is scarce, but several partial editions and abridgments have been published. He left a work entitled " Elements of Fossilology," which appeared in 1776.