William Hodges, an English painter, born in London about 1744, died March 6, 1797. After gaining some repute as a painter of landscapes, theatrical decorations, and architectural views, he accompanied Capt. Cook on his second voyage to the South seas, furnishing the illustrations for his narrative. He subsequently went to India under the patronage -of Warren Hastings, and amassed a fortune, which he lost in an attempt to establish a bank. He published an account of his travels in India, with plates.
William Holmes Mcguffey, an American educator, born in Washington co., Pa., Sept. 23, 1800, died at Charlottesville, Va., May 4, 1873. He graduated at Washington college, Pa., in 1826, and was elected professor of ancient languages in Miami university, at Athens, Ohio. In 1829 he was licensed to preach as a minister of the Presbyterian church. In 1832 he was transferred to the chair of mental science. While at Miami university he prepared a series of "Eclectic" school books, which have been many times republished. He became president of Cincinnati college in 1836, of Miami university in 1839; and in 1845 he was elected professor of moral philosophy in the university of Virginia, where he remained until his death.
William Hooper, one of the signers of the American Declaration of Independence, born in Boston, June 17, 1742, died in Hillsborough, N. C, in October, 1790. He graduated at Harvard college in 1760, studied law with James Otis in Boston, and removed to Wilmington, N. 0., in 1767, where he soon rose to eminence. He was delegated to the continental congress in 1775, and was till his death a leader in the councils of North Carolina.
William Houghton, an English clergyman, born in Norwich in 1807. He graduated at Highbury college, London, in 1832, and in 1833 became minister of the Congregational church at Windsor. In 1844 he succeeded Dr. Robert Vaughan as minister of the Congregational society at Kensington, and in 1855 was elected chairman of the Congregational union of England and Wales, and delivered the " Congregational lecture," his subject being " The Ages of Christendom." Dr. Houghton has travelled extensively in the East, and has written many books, the most important of which is "The Ecclesiastical History of England " (4 vols., London, 1870). Among his other works is "Country Walks of a Naturalist with his Children " (1869). He represented the English Independents at the meeting of the evangelical alliance held in New York in 1873.
William Hubbard, an American historian, born in England in 1621, died in Ipswich, Mass., Sept. 14, 1704. He graduated at Harvard college in 1642, and was ordained in 1658 as minister at Ipswich, where he continued during the remainder of his life. In 1688 he was temporary rector or president of Harvard college. He is the author of " A Narrative of the Troubles with the Indians from 1607 to 1677, with a Discourse" (4to, Boston, 1677), the map accompanying which is supposed to be the first executed in America, and "Memoir of Gen. Denison" (1684). He left also in manuscript a general history of New England, for which the colony paid him £50. For the most of the earlier annals he was indebted to Winthrop's MS. journal, and his MS. has been used by other historians and annalists. It was published by the Massachusetts historical society in 1815 (8vo, Cambridge).