Samuel Bradburn

Samuel Bradburn, an English clergyman, born at Gibraltar, where his father was stationed with his regiment, Oct. 5, 1751, died July 24, 1815. His parents removed to Chester, England, and. he was apprenticed to a shoemaker; but he became a Wesleyan local preacher in 1773, and entered the itinerant ministry in 1774. He shared the troubles of the early Methodist preachers, but his adroit humor and his persuasive eloquence often conquered opposition and made him popular. He was the great natural pulpit orator of Wesleyan Methodism; combining a nobility of person, a scrupulous neatness of apparel, a ready wit, and a genuine pathos, that drew to him multitudes of hearers. In 1799 he was elected president of the Wesleyan conference. His "Sermons on Particular Occasions " (1 vol. 12mo) appeared in 1817.

Samuel Cahen

Samuel Cahen, a French Hebraist of Jewish parentage, born at Metz, Aug. 4, 1796, died Jan. 8, 1862. He early spent some years in Mentz, where he was to pursue a course of rabbinical studies, but chiefly devoted his attention to modern languages and literature. He was afterward a private teacher in Germany, and in 1822 went to Paris, where he was director of the Jewish consistorial school for several years. He founded (1840) and edited the Archives Israelites, a monthly periodical, and lectured and wrote on the Hebrew language and history. His principal work was a translation of the Old Testament into French, with the Hebrew on opposite pages and critical notes and dissertations by himself and others, which he completed in 1851 (18 vols. 8vo, Paris).

Samuel Daniel

Samuel Daniel, an English author, born near Taunton, Somersetshire, in 1562, died at Beck-ington, Oct. 14, 1619. He was the son of a music master, and was educated at Magdalen hall, Oxford. He devoted himself while in the university to the study of poetry and history, and left it in 1582 without taking his degree. He resided for some time with the earl of Pembroke, and after the death of Spenser was voluntary laureate to Queen Elizabeth, but was superseded by Ben Jonson. During the reign of James he was appointed gentleman extraordinary and groom of the privy chamber to Queen Anne. His poems are numerous, comprising an epic in six books on the wars of the Roses, dramatic pieces, and short poems. He wrote in prose a "Defence of Rhyme," and a history of England from the Norman conquest to the end of the reign of Edward III.

Samuel Dexter

Samuel Dexter, an American statesman and jurist, born in Boston, May 14, 1761, died at Athens, N. Y., May 4, 181G. He graduated at Harvard college in 1781, and was admitted to the bar in 1784. After practising at various places in Massachusetts, he took up his residence in Boston. He was elected to the legislature of Massachusetts several times, and became a member of congress in 1793. In 1798 he was elected senator of the United States. He was appointed secretary of war by John Adams in 1800, and in 1801 secretary of the treasury, but returned to practice in 1802. He was a member of the federal party, but did not sympathize with it in regard to the war of 1812. In 1814 he was nominated by the republican party for the office of governor, on account of his opposition to the Hartford convention, but was defeated. He was the first president of the first temperance society in Massachusetts.