Elliott. I. Stephen, an American naturalist, born in Beaufort, S. C, Nov. 11, 1771, died in Charleston, March 28, 1830. He graduated at Yale college in 1791, and two years later was elected a member of the legislature of South Carolina, a position which he retained until the establishment of the " Bank of the State " in 1812, of which he was chosen president. He retained this office till his death. His leisure was devoted to literary and scientific pursuits, and he cultivated the study of botany with enthusiasm. In1813 he was instrumental in founding the literary and philosophical societies of South Carolina, of each of which he was president. He lectured gratuitously on his favorite science, and was for some time chief editor of the " Southern Review," to which he contributed a number of articles. In 1825 he aided in establishing the medical college of the state, and was elected one of the faculty", and professor of natural history and botany. He is the author of "The Botany of South Carolina and Georgia" (2 vols. 8vo, Charleston, 1821-4), in the preparation of which he was assisted by Dr. James McBride, and left a number of works in manuscript. His collection in the several departments of natural history was at the time of his death one of the most extensive in the country.
The degree of LL. D. was conferred upon him by Yale and Harvard colleges. II. Stephen, son of the preceding, bishop of the Protestant Episcopal church for the diocese of Georgia, born at Beaufort, S. C, Nov. 13, 1805, died in Savannah, Dec. 21, 1866. He graduated at Harvard college in 1824, practised law in Charleston and Beaufort till 1833, and was ordained a deacon in 1835, and a priest in 1836, soon after which he became professor of sacred literature in the South Carolina college. In 1840 he was elected bishop of Georgia.