William Williams, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, born in Lebanon, Windham co., Conn., April 18, 1731, died there, Aug. 2, 1811. He graduated at Harvard college in 1751. In 1755 he accompanied his relative, Col. Ephraim Williams, in his expedition to Lake George. He was an active member of the council of safety, and in October, 1775, was sent to the continental congress. His property was nearly all expended in the war, and, going from house to house, he obtained many private donations to supply the army. He served nearly 60 years in the state legislature, and took part in the state convention which adopted the federal constitution.
William Winston Seaton, an American journalist, born in King William co., Va., Jan. 11, 1785, died in Washington, D. C, June 16, 1866. He successively edited the "Petersburg Register," the "North Carolina Journal" at Halifax, and the "Register" at Raleigh, N. C.; and in 1812 became partner with his brother-in-law Joseph Gales, jr., in the "National Intelligencer" at Washington, which, after the death of Mr. Gales in 1860, he continued to edit alone till 1865. From 1812 to 1820 Gales and Seaton were the exclusive reporters as well as editors of their journal, one of them devoting himself to the senate and the other to the house of representatives. Their "Register of Debates" is one of the standard sources of American history. For 12 consecutive years, beginning with 1840, Mr. Seaton was elected mayor of Washington city. (See Gales, Joseph).
William Wollastotf, an English author, born at Coton-Clanford, Staffordshire, March 26, 1659, died in London, Oct. 29, 1724. He was educated at Cambridge, and in 1681 became assistant master, and in 1686 head master, of Birmingham school. In 1688 he inherited an estate and removed to London. His most celebrated work, "The Religion of Nature Delineated," Was published in 1724.
William Woodfall, an English journalist, born in London about 1745, died there, Aug. 1, 1803. He was the younger brother of Henry Sampson Woodfall, by whom the "Public Advertiser " newspaper was conducted when the letters of Junius were published in it. He was bred a printer, became an actor for a short time, and was then editor in succession of the "London Packet," the "Morning Chronicle," and the "Diary," which last journal he established in 1789. In this paper he published daily long reports of the parliamentary proceedings of the previous day. He himself sometimes wrote these reports from memory, and without aid from notes or from an amanuensis, to the extent of 16 columns of the paper.
William Woollett, an English engraver, born in Maidstone, Kent, in 1735, died May 23,1785. He engraved historical subjects and portraits, but was most successful in landscapes. His masterpieces are his " Niobe " and other plates after pictures by Richard Wilson, and the "Death of Wolfe" and the "Battle of La Hogue" after West. He was the first who united in one plate the methods of engraving by aquafortis, the burin, and the dry needle.