John Greiner, an American journalist, born in Philadelphia, Sept. 14, 1810, died in Toledo, O., May 13, 1871. He early became prominent in Ohio as a whig politician, and in the presidential canvass of 1840 wrote "Old Zip Coon," "The Wagoner Boy," and other popular electioneering songs. He was also distinguished as a temperance lecturer. He was state librarian of Ohio from 1845 to 1851, when he was appointed Indian agent for New Mexico, and in 1852 was governor of that territory. He was afterward successfully local editor of the "Ohio State Journal," and editor and proprietor of the Columbus " Gazette " and the Zanesville "Times." In 1861 he was appointed receiver of the land office at Santa Fe, and in 1862 sub-treasurer there, which office he held till 1866.
John Guillim , an English writer on heraldry, born in Herefordshire about 15G5, died in London, May 7, 1621. He was educated at Oxford, subsequently became a member of the society of the college of arms in London, and in 1617 was appointed rouge-croix pursuivant of arms. His reputation rests upon the work entitled "The Display of Heraldry," first published in 1610, which has passed through many editions; that of 1724, containing in addition " A Treatise of Honor, Civil and Military, by Captain John Logan," is considered the best. The book was published in Guillim's name, but is said to have been written by John Barkham.
John Gurwood, an English soldier, born in 1791, died by his own hand in Brighton, Dec. 25, 1845. He entered the British army as ensign in 1808. At the storming of Ciudad Ro-drigo, in 1812, he led the forlorn hope, and received the sword of the governor on the surrender of the fortress. He served throughout the whole of that war, and was severely wounded at Waterloo. In 1831 he became private secretary to the duke of Wellington, and in 1841 was raised to the rank of colonel. In 1834 he commenced the publication of "The Despatches of Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington, during his various Campaigns in India, Denmark, Portugal, Spain, the Low Countries, and France, from 1799 to 1818," which extended to 13 vols. 8vo. In return for his services Col. Gurwood received from the duke the appointment of deputy governor of the tower of London. He committed suicide in a fit of insanity from the effects of a wound in the head received at Ciudad Rodrigo.
John Hadley, an English astronomer, died Feb. 15, 1744. The time and place of his birth, as well as the particulars of his life, are unknown. He became a fellow of the royal society in 1717, and is chiefly known as the reputed inventor of the instrument commonly called Hadley's quadrant, of which he published an account in the "Transactions" for 1731. It is now believed, however, that Sir Isaac Newton and Thomas Godfrey are entitled to the honor of the invention. The claims of Godfrey and Hadley were investigated by the royal society, and it was decided that both wore original inventors, and a prize of £200 was awarded to each. (See Godfrey, Thomas.)