William Burroughs

William Burroughs, an American naval officer, born at Kenderton, near Philadelphia, Oct. 6, 1785, died Sept. 5, 1813. He entered the navy as midshipman in 1800, and rose to the rank of lieutenant. On Sept. 5, 1813, being in command of the sloop Enterprise, he encountered off Portland, Me., the British brig Boxer, Lieut. Blyth, which was captured after a sharp engagement, in which Blyth was killed and Burroughs mortally wounded. The two commanders were buried side by side in Portland, and congress voted a gold medal to the nearest relatives of Burroughs.

William Butterfield

William Butterfield, an English architect, born Sept. 7, 1814. He is known as one ofi the leaders in the Gothic revival in England,, and! for his application of color to external decoration. Among his works may be mentioned St. Augustine's college, at Canterbury;-All Saints' church, Margaret street, London; St. Alban's church, Gray's Inn road, London; and the new chapel of Balliol college, Oxford.

William Byrd

William Byrd, an American lawyer, born at Westover, Va., March 28, 1674, died Aug. 26, 1744. Having inherited an ample fortune, he was sent to England for his education, was called to the bar at the Middle Temple, studied for some time in the Netherlands, visited the court of France, and was chosen fellow of the royal society. He was for a long time receiver general of the revenue in Virginia, three times colonial agent in England, for 37 years a member, and finally president of the council of the colony. In 1728 he was one of the commissioners appointed to fix the boundary between Virginia and North Carolina. " The Westover Manuscripts," written by him, containing an account of this survey, as well as of travels and observations elsewhere, were published at Petersburg in 1841. In 1733 he laid out the cities of Richmond and Petersburg, on land owned by himself. He possessed the largest private library in America.

William Campbell

William Campbell, an officer in the American revolution, born in Augusta, Va., in 1745, died in the camp of Gen. Lafayette, at York-town, in 1781. He held a captain's commission in the Virginia line, among the earliest troops raised in that state. In 1778 he became lieutenant colonel of the Washington county militia, and soon afterward colonel. After the battles of King's mountain and of Guilford, in both of which he greatly distinguished himself, he was promoted by the Virginia legislature to the rank of brigadier general. He joined Lafayette to oppose the invasion of Cornwallis, but died before the surrender at Yorktown.

William Carleton

William Carleton, an Irish novelist, born at Clogher in 1798, died in Dublin, Jan. 30, 1869. A peasant's son, he had obtained only an elementary education, when at the age of 17 he entered a boarding school at Glasslough, where he remained two years. He went to Dublin with only a few shillings in his pocket, and after struggling a number of years was brought into notice by his "Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry" (4 vols., 1830-'32). His "Fardorougha the Miser" appeared in 1839, and in 1841 he published three volumes of tales, mostly pathetic, but including the humorous sketch of " The Misfortunes of Barney Brana-gan." His other novels, several of which are of a political character and anti-English in tone, are:" Valentine McClutchy " (1845); "Rody the Rover" (1846); "The Black Prophet, a Tale of the Irish Famine " (1847); " The Tithe Proctor" (1849); "Willy Reilly" (1855); and "The Evil Eye" (1860). He received from the government a pension of £200.