George Rieliards Minot, an American jurist, born in Boston, Dec, 28, 1758, died Jan. 2, 1802. He graduated at Harvard college in 1778. practised law in Boston, became clerk of the Massachusetts house of representatives in 1781 secretary of the convention which ratified the federal constitution, judge of probate for the county of Suffolk in 1792, and judge of the municipal court of Boston. He published an oration on the Boston massacre; a 'History of Shays's Rebellion" (8vo, 1788); "Eulogy on Washington" (1800); and a "History of Massachusetts Bay" from 1748 to 1765 (2 vols., 1708-1803), in Continuation of Gov. Hutchinson's.
George Roberts Perkins, an American mathematician, born in Otsego co., N. Y., May 3, 1812. He was self-educated, and at the age of 18 was employed in the slack water survey of the Susquehanna river, tie was a teacher of mathematics in the "Liberal Institute" at Clinton, N. Y., from 1831 to 1838, when he became principal of the Utica academy. In 1844, at the opening of the state normal school, he was chosen professor of mathematics, and four years later was elected principal. In 1852 he resigned and superintended the erection of the Dudley observatory. He has published a series of arithmetics (1840-'51); " Treatise on Algebra " (1841); " Elements of Algebra " (1844); " Elements of Geometry" (1847); "Trigonometry and Surveying" (1851); and " Plane and Solid Geometry " (1854).
George Romney, an English painter, born at Furness, Lancashire, Dec. 15, 1734, died at Kendal, Nov. 15, 1802. At the age of 23 he began painting at York, in 1762 established himself in London, and in 1763 obtained the second premium of 50 guineas, offered by the society of artists, by a picture of the "Death of Gen. Wolfe." In 1773 he went to Italy, and studied the works of Michel Angelo and Raphael. After his return in 1775 he was a popular painter of portraits. He did not belong to the royal academy, and sent no pictures to its exhibitions; moreover there was an ill feeling and rivalry between himself and its president, Sir Joshua Reynolds. In 1756 he had contracted marriage with a young woman at Kendal, but on going to London he left her with two children, and during his prosperity never called her to share his fortune, and even concealed the fact of his marriage. But when his health declined in 1799 he went to live with her, becoming imbecile a year later.
George Ross, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, born in New Castle, Del., in 1730, died in Lancaster, Pa., in July, 1779. He commenced the practice of law at Lancaster in 1751, and was a member of the colonial assembly of Pennsylvania from 1768 to 1776; and after the substitution for the legislature of the general convention, he was elected to that body also. In 1774 he was one of the committee of seven who represented Pennsylvania in the continental congress, and he remained a member of congress till January, 1777. In April, 1779, he was appointed judge of the court of admiralty.