Isaac Bickerstaff, a British dramatist, born in Ireland about 1735, supposed to have died on the continent late in the 18th or early in the 19th century. After having been one of the pages of Lord Chesterfield at the viceregal court of Dublin, he received a commission in the marines, in which service he was lieutenant when compelled to retire in disgrace. He wrote numerous comedies and comic operas, which were produced under Gar-rick's management, and were at one time very popular. His best known pieces are "The Maid of the Mill," "The Captive," "Love in a Village," "The Padlock," and the comedy of " The Hypocrite."
Isaac Brock, a British general, died Oct. 13, 1812. He captured Gen. Hull and his whole force at Detroit, Aug. 16, 1812, and fell in the battle of Queenstown, Canada, on the Niagara river. During his funeral the guns of the American forts were fired as a token of respect. A monumental column was erected on the spot where he fell; this was partially destroyed during the disturbances of 1840, and has been replaced by another, 194 ft. in height, which is ascended by a spiral staircase inside.
Isaac Hawkins Browne, an English poet, born at Burton-on-Trent in 1706, died in 1760. Among a collection of poems which he published, a short one called " The Pipe of Tobacco" obtained great popularity. He entered parliament for a Shropshire borough in 1744, but he was too timid to speak in the house. His reputation mainly rests on his Latin poem, De Animi Immortalitate, modelled on the style of Lucretius and Yirgil (1754).
Isaac Hill, an American politician, born in Ashburnham, Mass., April 6, 1788, died in Washington, D. C, March 22, 1851. In 1809 he settled at Concord, N. II., where he established the " New Hampshire Patriot," of which he was editor for many years. He served in the senate and lower house of that state, and in 1830 was elected to the United States senate, where he remained five years. In 1836 he was elected by the democrats governor of New Hampshire, and continued in office by reelection three terms. For ten years he published the "Farmer's Monthly Visitor."
Isaac I.Comnenns, a Byzantine emperor, died in 1061. He was the son of Manuel Comnenus, prefect of the East, but early lost his father, and was brought up by the emperor Basil II. He married the daughter of the captive king of Bulgaria, and was living privately in Paphlagonia when in 1057 a conspiracy raised him to the throne in the place of Michael VI. He repulsed the Hungarians in 1059, but was a weak and incompetent ruler, and the same year abdicated and retired to a monastery, where he remained till his death. He left no son, but the family of Comneni, after an interval of 20 years, occupied the Byzantine throne for a century.
Isaac II.Angelas, a Byzantine emperor, born in 1154, put to death in 1204. A descendant of the Comneni through his grandmother, he held various offices under the emperor Manuel I. He fell under the displeasure of Andronicus Comnenus, who ordered him to be put to death; but a popular revolution delivered him and placed him upon the throne in 1185. He made himself detested by his vices and incapacity, and was dethroned by his brother Alexis III. in 1195, and deprived of his sight. When the crusaders took Constantinople in 1203, they restored Isaac to the throne; but he was again dethroned and put to death by Alexis Ducas in the following year.