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Bollan, William

Ronald Lettieri.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literature; Literary Studies (Fiction, Novelists, and Prose Writers); US Politics; US Colonial and Revolutionary History; Colonialism and Imperialism; Law; Criminology and Criminal Justice. 1167 words.

Bollan, William (1710?–1782), colonial agent and lawyer, was born in England and emigrated from there to America while a teenager. He pursued a legal career by studying as an apprentice...

Downer, Silas

John K. Alexander.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literature; US Politics; US Colonial and Revolutionary History; Colonialism and Imperialism; Law; Criminology and Criminal Justice. 1003 words.

Downer, Silas (16 July 1729–15 December 1785), scrivener and lawyer, was born in Norwich, Connecticut, the son of Samuel Downer and Phebe Bishop, farmers. The family soon moved to...

Hale, Nathan

Paul David Nelson.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Military History; Warfare and Defence; Law; Criminology and Criminal Justice; US Politics; US Colonial and Revolutionary History; Colonialism and Imperialism; Literature; Literary Studies (Fiction, Novelists, and Prose Writers); Social and Cultural History. 682 words.

Hale, Nathan (06 June 1755–22 September 1776), martyr of the American Revolution, was born in Coventry, Connecticut, the son of Richard Hale and Elizabeth Strong, successful farmers. A...

Hopkinson, Francis

Harry M. Ward.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: US Politics; US Colonial and Revolutionary History; Colonialism and Imperialism; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets); Literature; Literary Studies (Fiction, Novelists, and Prose Writers); Law; Criminology and Criminal Justice; Composition. 1722 words.

Hopkinson, Francis (02 October 1737–09 May 1791), author, composer, and judge, was born in Philadelphia, the son of Thomas Hopkinson, a lawyer and Pennsylvania councillor, and Mary Johnson....

Lafayette, James

Patrick G. Williams.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Military History; Warfare and Defence; Law; Criminology and Criminal Justice; Manufacturing; History of Manufacturing and Construction; US Politics; US Colonial and Revolutionary History; Colonialism and Imperialism; Literature; Literary Studies (Fiction, Novelists, and Prose Writers); Social and Cultural History. 903 words.

Lafayette, James (1748–09 August 1830), patriot spy, also known to history as James Armistead, was born in slavery; little is recorded of his parentage or early life except that he belonged...

Payne, Henry [alias Henry Nevill] (d. 1705?), writer and Jacobite conspirator

Paul Hopkins.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Law; Criminology and Criminal Justice; UK Politics; British History; Political History; Literature. 2644 words.

Payne, Henry [alias Henry Nevill] (d. 1705?), writer and Jacobite conspirator, was a member of the Payne family of Medbourne, Leicestershire, but although he was born before the civil war...