George Payn Quackenbos, an American educator, born in New York, Sept. 4, 1826. He graduated at Columbia college in 1843, spent a year in North Carolina, and began to study law in New York. In 1847 he opened a private school in that city, and he continued to teach till 1868. He has been a contributor to various journals, and in 1848-50 conducted the "Literary American." He has published many popular school books, including text books of rhetoric and natural philosophy, arithmetics, grammars, and elementary histories. He received the degree of LL. D. from Wesleyan university in 1863.
George Peele, an English dramatist, born in Devonshire about 1553, died about 1598. He graduated at Broadgates hall, now Pembroke college, Oxford, in 1579, subsequently settled in London, and became a writer for the theatre, an occasional performer, and an intimate associate of Nash, Marlowe, and Greene. Six dramas by him, comprising probably not more than half of his works of this class, have been collected by Mr. Dyce, together with poems and miscellaneous writings (3 vols., 1828-39). His best play is " The Love of King David and fair Bethsabe, with the Tragedy of Absalom".
George Peter Alexander Healy, an American painter, born in Boston, July 15,1813. He went to Paris in 1830, where he remained several years, alternating his residence there with occasional visits to the United States. He is known for his portraits of Louis Philippe, Marshal Soult, Gen. Cass, Calhoun, Webster, Pierce, Gen. Sherman, O. A. Brownson, W. H. Prescott, H. W. Longfellow, and other prominent persons. His large historical picture of "Webster's Reply to Hayne," which contains 130 portraits, was completed in 1851, and now hangs in Faneuil hall, Boston. At the great Paris exhibition in 1855 he exhibited a series of 13 portraits and a large picture representing Franklin urging the claims of the American colonies before Louis XVI., for which he received a medal of the second class, He resided in Chicago from 1855 to 1867, when he went to Europe, and now (1874) lives in Rome. - His daughter Mary is the author of "Lakeville" (1871), and other successful novels.
George Rapall Noyes, an American clergyman, born in Newburyport, Mass., March 6, 1798, died in Cambridge, June 3, 1868. He graduated at Harvard college in 1818, studied theology at the divinity school in Cambridge, was licensed to preach in 1822, and was ordained pastor of a church at Brookfield, Mass., in 1827, and afterward of a church at Petersham. In 1839 he received from Harvard college the degree of D. D., and in 1840 was chosen Hancock professor of Hebrew and other oriental languages, and Dexter lecturer on Biblical literature. His works, chiefly in the department of Hebrew philologv, included new translations of the book of Job (1827), the Psalms, the Prophets (3d ed., 2 vols., 1866), Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Canticles (1846), and a new translation of the New Testament published after his death (1869).