William Allen Butler, an American lawyer and poet, born in Albany, N. Y., in 1825. He graduated at the university of the city of New York in 1843, studied law with his father, B. F. Butler, and after travelling in Europe from 1846 to 1848 entered upon the practice of his profession in New York. In 1846 he published "The Future," an academic poem; in 1850, "Barnurn's Parnassus," a volume of the character of the "Rejected Addresses;" in 1857, "Nothing to Wear," and in 1858, "Two Millions," both satirical poems; in 1862, "Martin VanBuren," a biographical sketch, and in 1871, "Lawyer and Client " and his collected poems.
William Allen Miller, an English chemist, born in Ipswich, Dec. 17, 1817, died in Liverpool, Sept. 30, 1870. At 15 years of age he was apprenticed to his uncle, who was surgeon to the general hospital in Birmingham. At the expiration of five years he entered the medical department of King's college, London, where he studied chemistry under Dr. Daniell, whom he assisted in his laboratory. In 1840 he passed some time in the laboratory of Liebig in Giessen, became demonstrator of chemistry in King's college, and in 1845 professor of chemistry. With Dr. Daniell he had investigated the electrolysis of salts, conducting all the experiments. In 1851 he was appointed a commissioner on the water supply of London, and an assayer of the mint. He was the author of an important treatise entitled "Elements of Chemistry, Theoretical and Practical" (London, 1869), and of numerous scientific papers.
William Augustine Washington, an American soldier, born in Stafford co., Va., Feb. 28, 1752, died in Charleston, S. C, March 6, 1810. He was the son of Baily Washington, and was educated for the ministry, but entered the continental army with the rank of captain. He took part in the battles of Long Island, Trenton, and Princeton, and afterward commanded a troop of light horse in South Carolina. For his conduct in the battle of Cowpens he received a silver medal from congress. He was captured at Eutaw Springs (1781) and kept a prisoner till the close of the war, when he settled in Charleston. In 1798 he was made a member of Gen. Washington's staff with the rank of brigadier general.
William Babington, an English physician, born at Portglenone, in the N. of Ireland, in June, 1756, died in London, May 29, 1833. He was early connected with Guy's hospital as an apothecary and lecturer on chemistry, and after 1797 became physician in that institution, and had an extensive medical practice in London. He laid the foundation of the geological society, and became its vice president and afterward president, making liberal donations to the museum and library. Having purchased the earl of Bute's fine mineralogical collection, he published "A Systematic Arrangement of Minerals" (London, 1795), and "A New System of Mineralogy" (1799). Among his other works was a "Syllabus of the Course of Chemical Lectures" (1802). His son-in-law, Richard Bright, M. D., published "Memoirs of the Life and "Writings of William Babington, M. D."