John Morton, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, born in Ridley, Chester (now Delaware) co., Pa., in 1724, died in April, 1777. He was for many years a surveyor. In 1756 and for many sessions subsequently he was a member of the general assembly of Pennsylvania, serving for several sessions as speaker. He was a member of the stamp act congress, which met in New York in 1765. From 1766 to 1770 he was high sheriff of his county, and afterward became judge of the court of common pleas, and a judge of the supreme court of Pennsylvania. In 1774-,6 he was a member of the continental congress, and gave the casting vote of Pennsylvania in favor of the Declaration of Independence. He was chairman of the committee of the whole on the adoption of the system of confederation.
John Muir, a British orientalist, born in Glasgow in 1810. He was educated in the university of Glasgow and in the school of the East India company at Haileybury, and was employed in the civil service in British India from 1828 to 1853. He gave £5,000 to the university of Edinburgh for the endowment of a chair of Sanskrit and comparative philology, and has greatly promoted the diffusion of Christianity among the Hindoos. His principal work is '-Original Sanskrit Texts on the Origin and History of the People of India, their Religion and Institutions" (5 vols., London 1858-70). - His brother. Sir William Muir (bom in 1819), became governor of the Northwestern Provinces of India in 1808.
John Nichols, an English printer, born in Islington, Feb. 2, 1745, died in London, Nov. 26, 1826. At an early age he was apprenticed to the learned printer William Bowyer, and succeeded to the business on his death in 1777. His " Biographical and Literary Anecdotes of William Bowyer, Printer, F. S. A., and of many of his Learned Friends " (4to, 1782), was recast in 9 vols. 8vo under the title of " Literary Anecdotes of the Eighteenth Century " (1812 - '15), and the series further continued by himself and his son, John Bowyer Nichols, under that of " Illustrations of Literary History " (8 vols. 8vo, 1817-'58). From 1778 till his death he was editor and publisher of the " Gentleman's Magazine".
John Norton, an American clergyman, born at Stortford, Hertfordshire, England, May 6, 1606, died in Boston, Mass., April 5,1663. Educated at Cambridge, he was curate in Stortford, embraced Puritanism, came to Plymouth, New England, in October, 1635, and preached there during the winter. In 1636 he became minister of the church at Ipswich. With Gov. Bradstreet he was an agent sent from the colony in 1662 to address Charles H. after his restoration. He wrote a treatise against the Quakers, entitled " The Heart of New England rent by the Blasphemies of the Present Generation," which so exasperated the members of that sect, that after his death they represented to the king and parliament that "John Norton, chief priest in Boston, by the immediate power of the Lord, was smitten and died".