Meade, a N. county of Kentucky, on the Ohio river, drained by Otter and Spring creeks and other tributaries of the Ohio; area, about 400 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 9,485, of whom 1,294 were colored. It has an undulating surface and fertile soil. The chief productions in 1870 were 67,691 bushels of wheat, 464,674 of Indian corn, 122,136 of oats, 40,662 of potatoes, 539,-000 lbs. of tobacco, 22,656 of wool, 94,410 of butter, and 2,437 tons of hay. There were 3,209 horses, 1,791 milch cows, 3,248 other cattle, 7,460 sheep, and 18,170 swine; 1 cotton factory, 5 flour mills, 4 saw mills, 1 distillery, and 3 wool-carding and cloth-dressing establishments. Capital, Brandenburg.

Meade #1

I. Rkhard Kidder

Rkhard Kidder, an American revolutionary soldier, born in Nansemond co., Va., about 1750, died in Frederick (now Clarke) co. in the early part of the 19th century. He was educated at Harrow school in England, and soon after his return to Virginia em-barked in the revolutionary contest. In December, 1775, he commanded a company at the battle of the Great Bridge near Norfolk, the first fought in the state, and soon after he was appointed by Washington one of his confidential aides, in which capacity, with the rank of colonel, he rendered signal service throughout the war. He was with the commander-in-chief in all his great battles, and superintended the execution of Major Andre. The latter part of his life was passed in Frederick co., occupied with agricultural pursuits.

II. William

William, an American bishop, son of the preceding, born in Frederick (now Clarke) co., Va., Nov. 11,1789, died at his residence near Millwood, Clarke co., March 14, 1862. He graduated at Princeton college in 1 308, and three years later was ordained to the ministry of the Protestant Episcopal church. In 1813-14 he was active in procuring the election of Dr. Moore of New York as bishop of Virginia, and contributed materially to the es-tablishment of a diocesan theological seminary at Alexandria, and various educational and missionary societies. In 1829 he was unanimously elected assistant bishop of Virginia, and in August of that year was consecrated in Philadelphia. He thenceforth assumed the chief care of the diocese, and in 1841, upon the death of Bishop Moore, became bishop. Ill health soon compelled him to ask for an assistant, who was provided in 1842 in the person of Dr. .John Johns of Baltimore. He was for several years the acknowledged head of the evangelical branch of the Protestant Episcopal church in the United States. His publications comprise " Family Prayer " (Alexandria, 1834); "Lectures on the Pastoral Office;" "Lectures to Students" (New York, 1849); and "Old Churches, Ministers, and Families in Virginia" (2 vols., Philadelphia, 1856). His life has been written by Bishop Johns (Baltimore, 1868).

Meade #2

I. Richard Worsam

Richard Worsam, an American merchant, born in Chester co., Pa., June 23, 1778, died in Washington, D. C, in 1828. He was a son of George Meade, a Philadelphia merchant, who was active in the opposition to the stamp act, and made the continental government a present of $10,000 in gold. Richard went to Cadiz, Spain, in 1803, as a merchant and ship owner, and from 1805 to 1816 was United States navy agent. During the peninsular war he imported immense quantities of supplies into the port of Cadiz, and frustrated Victor's attempt to starve out the allied garrison. In 1810 his vessels carried thither 250,000 barrels of flour. In 1815 he incurred the ill will of certain members of the Spanish council of war, and on May 2, 1816, was imprisoned in the castle of Santa Catalina, where lie remained two years, and was then released at the demand of the United States government. The case which has since become celebrated as the Meade claim grew out of the losses incurred by him at this time, and the ruin of his business consequent upon his long imprisonment.

In 1819 a special tribunal appointed by the Spanish government awarded him a certificate of debt, which was signed by the king, for $491,153 62. In 1822 the commission appointed at Washington to consider such claims declined to receive this certificate, and demanded the original vouchers; but before these could be procured the session expired, and the fund was distributed among the other claimants. Subsequent attempts to get a rehearing of the case have all been fruitless, though the most celebrated lawyers were retained, including Webster, Clay, and Choate. Mr. Meade had the finest private gallery of paintings and statuary in the country; it contained the only bust of Washington taken from life; and he is said to have been the first importer of merino sheep and sherry wine into the United States.

II. George Gordon

George Gordon, an American general, son of the preceding, born in Cadiz, Spain, Dec. 30, 1815, died in Philadelphia, Nov. 6, 1872. He graduated at West Point in 1835, served in the Florida war, and resigned Oct. 26, 1836. From 1837 to 1842 he was an assistant engineer in the government survey of the delta of the Mississippi, the Texas boundary, and the N. E. boundary of the United States. On May 19, 1842, he was reappointed in the army as second lieutenant of topographical engineers. ne served through the war with Mexico, was attached to the staff of Gen. Taylor and afterward of Gen. Scott, distinguished himself at Palo Alto, Resaca de la Palma, and Monterey, was brevetted first lieutenant for gallant conduct, and on his return was presented with a sword by citizens of Philadelphia. He was made captain of engineers in 1856, and was in charge of the surveys on the northern lakes till 1861. He was commissioned brigadier general of volunteers, Aug. 31, 1861, and took part in the action of Dranesville, Va., Dec. 20; at Me-chanicsville, June 26, 1862; at Cold Harbor, June 27; and at Frazier's farm, June 30, where he was severely wounded. (See Chickahom-iny.) On June 18, 1862, he was made major of topographical engineers.

He was engaged in the second battle of Bull Run, Aug. 29, 30; commanded a corps of the army of the Potomac in the Maryland campaign; was in the battles of South Mountain and Antietam in September; and was made major general of volunteers Nov. 29. At Antietam he was slightly wounded and had two horses shot under him. From December, 1862, to June 28, 1863, he was in command of the first corps and afterward of the fifth corps of the army of the Potomac, and was engaged at Fredericksburg and at Cnancellorsville. On June 28,1863, he was suddenly called to succeed Gen. Hooker in command of the army of the Potomac; and on July 1-3 he fought the battle of Gettysburg. (See Gettysburg.) He was made brigadier general in the United States army July 3. From October to December he participated in several minor actions in Virginia. From May 4, 1864, to April 9, 1865, he was, under Gen. Grant, in the immediate command of the army of the Potomac, from the battle in the Wilderness down to the capture of Petersburg and the surrender of Lee. He was made major general in the United States army, Aug. 18, 1864. On Jan. 28, 1866, he received the thanks of congress for the skill and heroic valor with which at Gettysburg he repulsed, defeated, and drove back, broken and dispirited, beyond the Rappahannock, the veteran army of the rebellion." From July 1, 1865, to Aug. 6, 1866, he was in command of the military division of the Atlantic, in 1866-'7 of the department of the East, and subsequently of the third military district, comprising Georgia, Florida, and Alabama, with headquarters at Philadelphia. He became a member of the historical society of Pennsylvania in 1863, and of the Philadelphia academy of natural sciences in 1865, in which year he received the degree of LL. D. from Harvard university.

He died in a house which his fellow citizens presented to his wife, and after his death a fund of $100,000 was subscribed for his family.