Who's Who

Within the Waller Family

A better name for this page would probably be; "Nominees to be on the Who's Who list."
Prominence like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder. I think I will consider the following individuals to be nominated by myself, and leave further nominees and the election, to future generations of Waller researchers.

If you feel you know of an individual that should be included on this list, email Ali.

Please remember this is a "work in progress." There is a lot yet to be done. To give you an idea how incomplete it is, Alured and Sir Richard are not yet on the list.

I only published it in this "draft" fashion so other people may begin making suggestions.


Sam Taliaferro Rayburn was born January 6, 1882, in eastern Tennessee (Roane County). He was the eighth of eleven children born to William Marion and Martha Waller Rayburn. His father, an illiterate Confederate veteran, learned to read from his wife at the kitchen table in their log cabin. The family moved to a 40-acre farm in Flag Springs, TX, in 1887 (about 12 miles from Bonham, TX). The Fannin County cotton farm saw few visitors, apparently, since Rayburn is quoted as recalling the experience of the "loneliness that breaks men's hearts". (Politically, he strove to end the isolation of the nation's farmers, for instance insisting that money for FM - farm to market - roads be tied to federal legislation subsidizing highway construction; and one of his great achievements was a bill for rural electrification).

Rayburn become interested in politics perhaps as early as age 12, becoming enthralled by the area's congressman, Joe Bailey, after a rally in Bonham. From 1900 to 1903, Rayburn attended what was then called East Texas Normal College (also known as "Mayo Normal College") in Commerce; the college, now Texas A & M University - Commerce, had moved from its original site in Cooper, TX, several years earlier. Tuition ($4 per month), and room and board ($8 per month) seem like a small amount; nevertheless Rayburn was granted a credit for the college costs by Professor William L. Mayo, founder of the college. Part-time jobs for Rayburn included ringing the college bell signaling the end of classes, sweeping the campus of a nearby elementary school, and milking for farmer W.A. O'Neal (the latter, for $3 per month). He also taught at Greenwood in Hopkins County between his first and second years of college. While at the college, Rayburn pursued his interests in history and biography. He was a member of the Oratorical Association and the Philomathean Literary Society. Rayburn received his diploma in 1903 (at the age of 21), and taught at Dial and Lannius Schools (both in Fannin County).

In 1906, Rayburn ran for and was elected to the Texas state House of Representatives. He was re-elected for two additional terms, and while in Austin he attended law school at UTAustin, passing the bar in 1908. He served as Speaker of the Texas House in 1911.

Rayburn was first elected to the Congress of the United States in 1912, repesenting the 4th district of Texas, and was re-elected 24 consecutive times. He served as chairman of the Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee, and was a major architect of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. He coauthored six important laws: the Railroad Holding Company Act, the Federal Communications Act, the Truth-in-Securities Act, the Securities Exchange Act, the Rural Electrification Act, and the Public Utility Holding Company Act (the most bitterly contested of all New Deal Laws).

On September 16, 1940, he was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives and held the position until 1961, except for the 80th and 81st congresses when he was minority leader. He served as Speaker for 17 years, longer than anyone else. (The previous record was set by Henry Clay in the first quarter of the 19th century.) He was also chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 1948, 1952, and 1956. During his career, he served his country alongside eight Presidents. After he realized he was too ill to continue in Washington, he returned home to Texas. He died November 16, 1961, in Bonham, TX, at the age of 79. His funeral was attended by the current President, John Kennedy; two former presidents, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower; and one future president, Lyndon Johnson.

Sources for some of the information on this page are hard to pin down; they include information from press releases at East Texas State University, as well as clippings from The Dallas Morning News and the Fort-Worth Star Telegram.


William Petty FitzMaurice
2nd Earl of Shelburne
(July, 1782- February, 1783)
WHIG

This Earl was to become Prime Minister of Britain in 1782 and to remain in office to conclude the Treaty of Paris 1783 which ended the war of the American Revolution. He was created 1st. Marquis of Lansdowne 1784. One of the first buildings in the town of Kenmare was the Estate agents residence the Lansdowne Inn Lodge 1775 and by the 1790's work began the other important buildings which included Shelburne House, the Earl's town residence, An Inn (Lansdowne Arms), of Market House, Butter Market, Schoolhouse,
This then was the man responsible for the planning and layout of the town of Kenmare as seen to-day. William Petty-Fitzmaurice 2nd. Earl of Shelburne instructed the surveyor John Powell to plan the town Kenmare. This was to become known as the "X: plan in keeping with its layout.

Shelburne, as he was known since all references to his government are made accordingly, was a statesman, and like Pitt the Elder, an opponent of the American policy of George III.

He served in Grenville's government as president of the board of trade and in under Pitt (referred to as the Chatham/Grafton ministry) as as secretary of state. (1766-68) a post he resigned dueto opposition to his position on the colonies. After Lord North's government fell in 1782, Shelburne returned as secretary of state under Rockingham. After Rockingham's death Shelburne took over as prime minister. While in office for only seven months, he completed the negotiation of the treaty of Versailles, making peace with the former colonies and bringing an end to the American Revolution. His government was then promptly defeated a Charles James Fox and Lord North coalition.

Shelburne's politcal career was at an end. In 1784, Shelburne was created the Marquess of Lansdowne. He spent his time as patron to reformers.


Benjamin Waller

(Born 1716, died 1786)

Benjamin Waller was a respected and influential lawyer, civil servant, community leader, and land developer. Born in King William County, Virginia, Waller was a student at the College of William and Mary and later studied law using Sir John Randolph's law library. He later imparted some of his legal training to George Wythe.

Due in part to the influence of his patron, Secretary John Carter, Waller received appointments to a number of important and lucrative positions. He served as clerk and burgess for James City County, recorder of Williamsburg, vestryman of Bruto Parish Church, and judge of the Court of Admiralty, to name a few of his many offices.

Waller also was a land developer. He purchased several parcels of land on the east side of Williamsburg and subdivided a portion of the property into smaller lots, many of which were bought by craftsmen who paid 10 pounds for each lot. Purchasers had to agree to build a 16- by 20-foot house with a brick chimney within three years.

Waller married and had 10 children, 6 daughters and 4 sons. His wife, Martha (Hall), tended to the household, overseeing the children and directing the work of their several slaves. One of his grandsons, William Waller, married the daughter of U. S. President John Tyler and lived in Benjamin Waller's house in Williamsburg.
source: Colonial Williamsburg's online Historical Almanack


Waller, Augustus (Volney)
1816 -- 1870 Physiologist, born near Faversham, Kent, SE England, UK. He discovered the Wallerian degeneration of nerve fibres, and the related method of tracing nerve fibres.


Waller, Edmund
1606 -- 1687
Poet, born in Coleshill, Buckinghamshire, SC England, UK. He studied at Cambridge, became an MP in 1621, and was a member of the Long Parliament in 1640. In 1643 he plunged into a conspiracy (Waller's plot) against parliament, was arrested, and banished, but returned to England in 1651. His collected poems were published in 1645.


Waller, Sir William
c. 1598 -- 1688
English soldier, born in Knole, Kent, SE England, UK. A member of the Long Parliament, he fought in the West Country (1643), Oxford and Newbury (1644), and Taunton (1645). He suggested reforms on which the New Model Army was to be based, but resigned command in 1645. By 1647 he was levying troops against the army, and was imprisoned for Royalist sympathies (1648--51). In 1659 he plotted for a royalist rising and was again imprisoned. He became a member of the Convention Parliament (1660), but was unrewarded at the Restoration.


Colonel George Waller (1734-1814) married Ann Winston Carr, the daughter of Captain William Carr and his first wife Elizabeth Winston, and moved from his native Stafford County, where he was born in 1734, to what is now Henry County, but at that time a part of Pittsylvania County, and acquired a large estate on Smith's River. The town of Fieldale is situated on the Waller Plantation. With George Waller came his brother-in-law Mordecai Hord, who acquired a like estate, adjoining the Waller plantation, which he called "Hordsville" and which has for the past 140 years been the home of one branch of the Hairston family.
    George Waller's fidelity to public service was soon shown in his being one of the first Justices of the new County of Henry when that County was formed from Pittsylvania County in 1777. For many years he was an active member of the Court, Sheriff, Collector of Public Funds, Exchequer, and filled many honored public offices with courage and honor.
    As major of militia, on the 11th day of March 1781, under an order from his superior officer, Colonel Abraham Penn, he marched sixteen companies or detachments of militia, from Henry County, to join General Adam Stevens at Hillsborough, N. C., for service in the then impeding battle of Guilford Court House fought four days thereafter. He was afterwards promoted and commissioned a colonel of militia, and as such ordered into service "to the southward."
    Colonel Waller was with General Washington at the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, after which he returned to his home in Henry County, lived the life of a gentleman planter, and served his county and state until his death on November 18, 1814.
source: excerpt from address by The Honorable Sam Rayburn


William Waller RUCKER, a Representative from Missouri; born near Covington, Alleghany County, Va., February 1, 1855; moved with his parents to western Virginia in 1861; attended the common schools; moved to Chariton County, Mo., in 1873; engaged in teaching in the district schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1876 and commenced practice in Keyresville, Chariton County, Mo.; prosecuting attorney of Chariton County 1886-1892; judge of the twelfth circuit 1892-1899; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-sixth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1899-March 3, 1923); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1922 to the Sixty-eighth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Keytesville, Mo.; also engaged in agricultural pursuits; died in Keytesville, Mo., May 30, 1936; interment in the City Cemetery.
source: Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949 Biographies R page 1763


Waller TAYLOR, a Senator from Indiana; born in Lunenburg County, Va., before 1786; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced in Virginia; member of the State house of delegates 1800-1802; moved to Vincennes, Ind., in 1804 and continued the practice of law; appointed chancellor of Indiana Territory in 1807; appointed major in the Territorial militia in 1807; served as aide-de-camp to Gen. William H. Harrison in the War of 1812, and was promoted to adjutant general in 1814; upon the admission of Indiana as a State into the Union in 1816 was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate; reelected, and served from December 11, 1816, to March 3, 1825; died while on a visit to his old home in Lunenburg County, Va., August 26, 1826; interment in the family burial ground near Lunenburg, Va.
source: Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949 Biographies T page 1902


Littleton Waller TAZEWELL (son of Henry Tazewell), a Representative and a Senator from Virginia; born in Williamsburg, James City County, Va., December 17, 1774; was graduated from William and Mary College at Williamsburg in 1792; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1796 and commenced practice in James City County; member of the State house of delegates 1796-1800; [p.1903] elected as a Democrat to the Sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John Marshall and served from November 26, 1800, to March 3, 1801; moved to Norfolk, Va., in 1802; member of the Virginia House of Delegates in 1816; one of the commissioners of claims under the treaty with Spain ceding Florida in 1820; declined appointment as Minister to Great Britain; elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John Taylor; reelected, and served from December 7, 1824, to July 16, 1832, when he resigned; delegate to State convention in 1829; elected President pro tempore of the Senate July 9, 1832; Governor of Virginia from 1834 until his resignation in 1836; retired from public life; died in Norfolk, Va., May 6, 1860; interment on his estate on the Eastern Shore of Virginia; reinterment in 1866 in Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk, Va.
source: Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949 Biographies T page 1903


Edward Waller CLAYPOLE, educator, was born in Ross, Herefordshire, England, June 1, 1885; son of Edward Angell and Elizabeth Mary Claypole. He was graduated at the University of London, taking his first degree in 1862 and his second degree in 1864. In 1872 he removed to the United States and in 1873 accepted the chair of natural sciences in Antioch college, Ohio. He resigned in 1881 to become paleontologist to the Pennsylvania geological survey. In 1883 he was called to the chair of natural sciences in Buchtel college, and remained there fifteen years. He was made a fellow of the geological societies of London, Edinburgh and America, of the American philosophical society, of the American association for the advancement of science, and of several other learned bodies, and in 1898 was elected professor of natural science in the Throop polytechnic institute, Pasadena, Cal.
source: The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume II C Clayton, Alexander Mosby


Waller, (Thomas Wright) "Fats''
1904 -- 1943 Jazz musician; born in New York City. Composer of "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Honeysuckle Rose," and other standards, and a leading exponent of the "stride" piano style, he began as an organist at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, where his father was pastor. He played New York cabarets and theatres in the 1920s, and though hampered by alcoholism, he achieved wide popularity during the 1930s as an irrepressible singer, songwriter, and stage and screen personality.


John Parker HAWKINS, soldier, was born in Indianapolis, Ind., Sept. 29, 1830; son of John and Elizabeth (Waller), grandson of Jameson and Ruth Ann (Threlkeld), great grandson of John and Margaret (Jameson), great2 grandson of Philemon and Mary (Smith) Hawkins, and probably a descendant of William Hawkins, a sea captain, a brother of Admiral Sir John Hawkins. He was graduated at the U.S. military academy in 1852; was brevetted 2d lieutenant in the 6th infantry and promoted 2d lieutenant, 2d infantry, June 23, 1854, and was promoted 1st lientenant, Oct. 12, 1857. He was brigade quartermaster at Washington, D.C, 1861; declined promotion to the rank of 1st lieutenant in the 14th U.S. infantry, May 14, 1861; accepted the commission of staff captain and commissary of subsistence, Aug. 20, 1861, and served in southwest Missouri and west Tennessee, 1861-62. He was chief commissary on the staff of General Grant at the battle of Pittsburg Landing, April 6-7, 1862. He joined the volunteer army as lieutenant-colonel in the commissary department, Nov. 1, 1862, [p.146] serving till April 13, 1863, at which time he was promoted brigadier-general of volunteers and he commanded a brigade of colored troops in northeastern Louisiana from Aug. 17, 1863, to Feb. 7, 1864. He commanded a division of colored troops at Vicksburg, Miss., from March, 1864, to February, 1865; took part in the Mobile campaign, his division being attached to Gen. Frederick Steele's column, Canby's army. He distinguished himself in the assault at Blakely, April 9, 1865, that resulted in the capture of Mobile. He was brevetted major-general of volunteers, June 30, 1865, and was honorably mustered out of the volunteer service, Feb. 1, 1866. In the regular establishment he was brevetted major, March 13, 1865, for gallant and meritorious services during the siege of Mobile, Ala.; and lieutenant-colonel, colonel, brigadier-general and major-general, March 13, 1865, for gallant and meritorious services in the field during the war. He was promoted major in the commissary department, June 23, 1874; lieutenant-colonel and assistant commissary-general, Sept. 3, 1889, colonel and assistant commissary-general, March 12, 1892; and brigadier-general and commissary-general of subsistence, Dec. 22, 1892, and was retired by operation of law, Sept. 29, 1894.
source: The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume V  H Hawkins, Micajah Thomas page 146


Alexander Quarles HOLLADAY, educator, was born in Spottsylvania county, Va., May 8, 1839; son of the Hon. Alexander Richmond and Patsy Quarles (Poindexter) Holladay, and grandson of Waller and Huldah Fontaine (Lewis) Holladay, and of Judge William G. and Jane (Quarles) Poindexter. He prepared for college in the schools of Richmond, Va.; studied at the University of Virginia. 1857-59, and at the University of Berlin, 1859-61; served as a lieutenant in the Confederate army, 1861-65; was admitted to the bar in 1870 and practised in partnership with his father in Richmond, Va., 1870-77. He served in the Virginia senate, 1871-75; was a teacher in Richmond for some years; was president of the Stonewall Jackson institute, Abingdon, Va., 1881-84, and president of the Florida Agricultural college, 1885-88. He organized and formed the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in 1889, of which he was president until 1899, when he resigned and became professor emeritus. He was married, April 17, 1861, to Virginia Randolph Bolling, of Bolling Island, James River, Va., and had five children: Mary Stuart, who married the Rev. Peyton Harrison Hoge, D.D. (q.v.); William Waller, who became a civil engineer in Wilmington, N.C.; Julia Cabell, who married Dr. J. M. Pickell, professor of chemistry at Shaw university, Raleigh, N.C.; Alexander Randolph, a civil engineer of Richmond, Va., and Charles Bolling, a bank clerk, also of Richmond. Professor Holladay received the honorary degree of LL.D. from Davidson college in 1895. He is the author of occasinnal addresses on educational and literary subjects, and of frequent contributions to the editorial colunms of leading southern newspapers.
source: The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume V H Holladay, Alexander Richmond


Alexander Richmond HOLLADAY, representative, was born at "Prospect Hill," Va., Sept. 18, 1811; son of Waller and Huldah Fontaine (Lewis) Holladay; grandson of Maj. Lewis and Elizabeth (Lewis) Littlepage Holladay, and of Col. Zachary and Ann Overton (Terrill) Lewis; great grandson of Joseph and Elizabeth (Lewis) Holladay, and great2 grandson of Capt. John Holladay, who settled in Spottsylvania colony, Va., in 1702, a son of John Holladay, Esq., of Yard House, Middlesex county, England. He prepared for college under John Lewis, of Llangollen, and entered the University of Virginia in 1832. He was married in 1837 to Patsy Quarles, daughter of Judge William G. and Jane (Quarles) Poindexter. He practised law first in Spottsylvania county, which county he represented for several years in the general assembly of Virginia, from which body be declined an election to the U.S. senate in 1846. Later he practised in Richmond with his son, Alexander Quarles Holladay; was a representative in the 31st and 32d congresses, 1849-53, serving as chairman of the committee on expenditures in the navy department during the 31st congress, and was president of the Virginia board of public works, 1857-65. He died in Richmond, Va., Jan. 29, 1877.
source: The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume V H Holladay, Waller


Waller HOLLADAY, educator, was born in Oovoomiah, Persia, April 7, 1840; son of the Rev. Albert Lewis and Anne Young (Minor) Holladay, and grandson of Waller and Huldah Fontaine (Lewis) Holladay and of James O. and —— (Tomkins) Minor. He was a lineal descendant of Zachary Lewis, who emigrated from [p.306] Wales to Virginia in 1692, and settled in King and Queen county, and of Col. John Waller, who came to Virginia about 1635. His maternal great grandfather, Maj. Lewis Holladay, was a soldier in the patriot army during the Revolution, and his great3 grandfather, John Holladay, removed from lower Virginia to Spottsylvania about 1702, and was captain of the Virginia Rangers. Waller Holladay attended private schools in Virginia, and entered the University of Virginia in 1857, but his studies were impeded by the outbreak of the civil war. He served through the war under Generals Lee and Jackson, first as private in the University Volunteers, a company of students of the University of Virginia; later as sergeant of artillery in Corrington's battery, which was also formed at the university; then as first lieutenant of artillery on the staff of General Jackson, and later on the staff of Gen. Robert D. Johnston. At the close of the war he resumed his studies at the University of Virginia, and was graduated, B.S., C.E., and M.E., in 1872. He was a teacher of mathematics and physical sciences for several years; conducted a boys' preparatory school in New York city, 1873-87; was instructor in mathematics at Cooper institute, New York city, 1873-84, professor of mathematics, 1884-87, and was elected mathematician of the Equitable Life Assurance society in 1887. He was a member of the American Mathematical society, the Society for Psychical Research, and the Social Science association. He was married, June 24, 1873, to Kate Minor Emerson.
source: The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume V H Holland, Edward Clifford page 306


Edward Southey JOYNES,  educator, was born in Accomac county, Va., March 2, 1834; son of Thomas R. and Anne Bell (Satchell) Joynes; grandson of Maj. Levin Joynes, of the Continental army, and a descendant of some of the earliest English settlers on the eastern shore of Virginia. He entered Delaware college in 1848, afterward studied in the celebrated Concord academy, Va., and was graduated from the University of Virginia, A.B., 1852, A.M., 1853. He was assistant professor of ancient languages in the University of Virginia, 1853-56, and studied in Berlin, 1856-58. He was married in 1859 to Eliza Waller Vest, of Williamsburg, Pa. He was professor of Greek in the College of William and Mary, 1858-65; served in the Confederate war department, 1861-64; taught in Hollis institute, Va., 1864-65; was professor of modern languages in Washington college, Lexington, Va., 1866-75; helped to organize and was professor in Vanderbilt university, 1875-78; professor of English and modern languages and belles-lettres at the University of Tennessee, 1878-82; professor of English and modern languages in South Carolina college, 1882-88, and in 1888 was made professor of modern languages. He founded and became a trustee of the Winthrop Normaland Industrial College for Women, Columbia, S.C. He edited the "Joynes-Otto" series of text-books in French and German (1870-75); "Classic French Plays" (2 vols., 1870-82), and numerous other textbooks in French and German. He actively promoted the public-school work of Virginia and Tennessee, 1866-82, and subsequently that of South Carolina. He received the honorary degree of LL.D. from Delaware college in 1875, and from the College of William and Mary in 1878. He is the author of: Joynes-Meissner German Grammar (1887); Minimum French Grammar (1893), and several lectures and addresses on educational topics.
source: The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume VI J Joynes, Levin Smith


Francis Andrew MARCH, philologist, was born in Millbury, Mass, Oct. 25, 1825; son of Andrew and Nancy (Parker) March; grandson of Tappan and Hannah (Patch) March, and of Arron and Sophia Parker, and a descendant of Hugh and Judith March. Hugh March, born in 1620, came from England, settled at Newbury, Mass., in 1653, and in 1658, at the solicitation of his townsmen, left his farm and set up the first [p.249] "ordinary" or tavern in Newbury, a famous inn for many years. Francis studied in the public schools of Worcester, Mass., graduated at Amherst in 1845; taught academies at Swanzey, N.H., and at Leicester, Mass., 1845-47, and was a tutor at Amherst, 1847-49. He studied law in New York city, 1849-50, and was admitted to the bar in 1850. On account of ill-health he went to Fredericksburg, Va., where he taught, 1852-55. He was a tutor in Lafayette college, Easton, Pa., 1855-56, adjunct professor of belles lettres and English literature, 1856-57, and in 1857 was made professor of the English language and comparative philology. He was also a lecturer in the law department of Lafayette college, 1875-77. He was a pioneer in the philological study of the English classics and the historical study of the English language. He was president of the American Philological association, 1873-74, and 1895-96; of the Spelling Reform association from 1876, and of the Modern Language association, 1891-93. He was elected vice-president of the New Shakspere society established in London in 1874, an honorary member of the Philological society of London, of the L'Association Fonetique des Professeurs de Langages vivantes of Paris; a member of the National council of education in 1883, and of numerous learned societies. He also served as chairman of the commission of the state of Pennsylvania on amended orthography. He received the degrees LL.D. from the College of New Jersey in 1870, and from Amherst in 1871; L.H.D. from Columbia in 1887; D.C.L. from Oxford, England, in 1896, and Litt.D. from Cambridge, England, and from Princeton in 1896. He married, Aug. 12, 1860, Mildred Stone, daughter of Waller Peyton Conway of Falmouth, Va., a descendant of the Washington family, and great granddaughter of Thomas Stone, the signer. Their son, Alden March (born Sept. 29, 1869, Lafayette, 1890), was news editor of the Philadelphia Press after 1891, and Sunday editor, 1898-99; and the author of The Conquest of the Philippines and our Other Island Possessions (1899). Dr. March was the most frequent contributor to the transactions and proceedings of the American Philological association; contributed articles on philology to the publications of the United States bureau of education, the National Educational association, the Modern Language association, the Spelling Reform association, the "Jahrbuch für romanische und englische Literatur," in Berlin, and "Englische Studien," Heilsbronn. He also contributed variously to encyclopædias and periodicals, his writings including articles on jurisprudence and psychology in the Princeton Review, one of which was reprinted in Edinburgh in 1861. He edited a series of college text-books of the Greek and Latin Christian authors including: "Latin Hymns" (1874); "Eusebius" (1874); "Tertullian" (1875); "Athenagoras" (1876); "Justin Martyr" (1877); superintended the work of the American readers for the Philological society (England), for the Historical Dictionary of English, published by the University of Oxford (1884 et seq), and was consulting editor of "A Standard Dictionary of the English Language," (1893-1900). He is the author of: A Method of Philological Study of the English Language (1865); Parser and Analyzer for Beginners (1869); A Comparative Grammar of Anglo-Saxon (1870); Introduction to Anglo-Saxon (1871).
source: The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume VII M. March, John page 249


Page MORRIS, representative, was born in Lynchburg, Va., June 30, 1853; son of Dr. William S. and Laura Page (Waller) Morris; grandson of Richard Morris of Hanover, Va., and of Dr. Robert P. Waller of Williamsburg, Va., and a descendant of Gen. Hugh Mercer (q.v.) He attended a private school and William and Mary college, and was graduated from the Virginia Military institute in 1872. He was assistant professor of mathematics at the Virginia Military institute, 1872-73; professor of mathematics in the Texas Military institute, 1873-75, and professor of applied mathematics in the Agricultural and Mechanical college of Texas, 1876-79. He was married Feb. 21, 1877, to Elizabeth Statham, of Lynchburg, Va. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1880, and practised in Lynchburg, Va. He was the unsuccessful candidate for representative in the 49th congress from Virginia in 1884. In 1886 he removed to Duluth, Minn. He was municipal judge of the city of Duluth, 1889-93; city attorney, 1894-95, and district judge of the 11th judicial district of Minnesota, 1895-96. He was a Republican representative from Minnesota in the 55th, 56th and 57th congresses, 1897-1903.
source: The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume VII M. Morris, Phineas Pemberton


Carr Waller PRITCHETT, educator, was born in Henry county, Va., Sept. 4, 1823; eldest son of Henry and Martha Myra (Waller) Pritchett; grandson of Joshua and Elizabeth (Cousins) Pritchett and of Carr and Elizabeth (Martin) Wailer; great-grandson of John Pritchett of Lunenberg county, Va., and of Gen. Joseph Martin of Henry county, Va. The ancestors of the Pritchett family come from Wales early in the eighteenth century and settled in Virginia and North Carolina, the name being spelled both Pritchett and Pritchard in the old court records. His father removed with his family to Warren county, Mo., in 1835, where Carr attended the common school, and in 1844 he began to teach in private schools In 1846 he became a licentiate in the ministry of the Methodist church, and was for many years a member of the Missouri annual conference. He was married in Pike county, Mo., Oct. 17, 1849, to Bettie Susan, daughter of Byrd and Sarah Hatcher (Woodson) Smith of Danville, Va.; she died at Glasgow, Mo., Nov. 27, 1872. He was an instructor in the Howard high school (subsequently Central college), Fayette, Mo., up to the time of its suspension in 1864; was employed in the statistical department Of the U.S. sanitary commission in Washington, D.C., 1864-66, and in 1866 founded the Pritchett School Institute at Glasgow, Mo., of which he was president until 1873, and which subsequently became Pritchett college against the written protest of Dr. Pritchett. In 1875 he became the first director of the Morrison Observatory (connected with the college), which he was enabled to establish through the generosity of Miss Berenice Morrison. This position he still held in 1903. He received the honorary degree of A.M. from St. Charles college in 1850, and LL.D. from Central college in 1885. He was a fellow of the Royal Astronomical society of London, 1879-99, and was made a member of the Virginia Historical society.
source: The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume IIV P Pritchett, Henry Smith


Henry Smith PRITCHETT, educator, was born in Fayette, Mo., April 16, 1857; son of Carr Waller (q.v.) and Betty Susan (Smith) Pritchett. He was graduated from Pritchett School Institute, A.B., 1875, A.M., 1879, and studied under Asaph Hall at the U.S. Naval observatory in 1876. He was assistant astronomer at the Naval observatory, 1878-80; assistant astronomer in the Morrison observatory, 1880-81; assistant professor of astronomy at Washington university, St. Louis, Mo., 1881-82, and full professor, 1882-97. He was the astronomer on the transit of Venus expedition to New Zealand in 1882; had charge of the government party to observe the eclipse of the sun in California in 1889; was president of the St. Louis Academy of Science, 1891-94; engaged in scientific work in Europe, 1894-95, and was appointed superintendent of the U.S. coast and geodetic survey in 1897, which office he resigned in 1900 to accept the presidency of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. He was married in June, 1900, to Eva, daughterof Hall and Louise McAllister of San Francisco, Cal. He [p.420] was appointed superintendent of awards at the Pan-American exposition of 1901. The degree of Ph.D. was conferred on him by the University of Munich in 1894; and that of LL.D. by Hamilton in 1900; Harvard in 1901; Yale in 1901; the University of Pennsylvania in 1901, and Johns Hopkins in 1902. He is the author of many valuable papers on astronomy.
source: The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume IIV P Procter, John Robert page 420


Laura Catharine (Redden) SEARING,   author, was born in Somerset, Md., Feb. 9, 1840; a descendant of Edmund Waller, the poet, and of John Hampden, the patriot. She removed with her parents to St. Louis, and in 1851, after recovering from a dangerous illness, she was left entirely deaf. She attended the Missouri Institute for [p.287] Deaf Mutes, and Clark Institute, and engaged in editorial work as assistant editor of the St. Louis Presbyterian, 1857–58. She contributed frequently to the St. Louis Republican under the pen name, "Howard Glyndon," and in 1961 wrote an article protesting against the call for fifty thousand men, made by Governor Jackson of Missouri, which was so widely copied that the editors of a Confederate organ in St. Louis published an appeal to the reading public, not to be influenced by the opinion of an inexperienced girl, to which she replied in "An Appeal from Judge to Jury." She was Washington correspondent to the Missouri Republican, 1866–67; went to Europe, February, 1865, as correspondent to the Republican, and later was employed in the same capacity by the New York Times, remaining abroad until 1868. She removed to New York, where she was employed on the Mail, and contributed to the Tribune. She was married in 1876 to Edward W. Searing, a native of Sherwood, Cayuga county, N.Y., a well known lawyer of New York city. She was greatly interested in the education of deaf mutes, and in 1886 went to California with a teachers' convention held at Berkeley in July, 1886. She then settled in Santa Cruz, Cal., where she was residing in 1903. She is the author of: Idyls of Battle (1864); Notable Men in the House of Representatives (1864); A Book for Little Boys (1870); Sounds from Secret Chambers (1874).
source: The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume IX S Searle, Arthur page 287


Waller Redd STAPLES, jurist, was born in Patrick court-house, Va., Feb. 24, 1826. He was graduated at William and Mary college in 1846; was admitted to the bar in 1848; was a representative in the Virginia legislature, 1853–54; was one of the four commissioners sent to represent Virginia in the Provisional congress of the Confederate States held at Montgomery, Ala., in 1861, and was a representative from Virginia in the 1st and 2d C.S. congresses, 1862–65. He was a judge of the supreme court of Virginia, 1870–82, and was a presidential elector on the Democratic ticket, 1884. He was one of three commissioners chosen to revise the Virginia statutes, 1884–86. He died in Richmond, Va., Aug. 20, 1897.
source: The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume IX S Staples, William Read


Waller TAYLOR, senator, was born in Lunenburg county, Va., before 1786. He received a common school education, was admitted to the bar, represented his county in the legislature, and in 1805 moved to Vincennes, Ind. Ter. He was a territorial judge, and when W.H. Harrison, governor of Indiana, put down the Indian uprising, Judge Taylor served on his staff. He enlisted in the war of 1812, and when Indiana was admitted to statehood he was elected with James Noble one of the first U.S. senators, drawing the short term expiring March 3, 1819. He took his seat Dec. 12, 1816, was re-elected for a full term in 1819, and closed his term March 3, 1825. He died in Lunenburg county, Va., Aug. 26, 1826.[p.110]
source: The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume X T Taylor, William page 110


David Jewett WALLER Jr., educator, was born in Bloomsburg, Pa., June 17, 1846; son of the Rev. David Jewett (1815-1893) and Julia (Ellmaker) Waller; grandson of Phineas and Elizabeth (Jewett) Waller and of Levi and Hannah (Hopkins) Ellmaker, and a descendant of William Brewster, Plymouth, Mass., 1620, Charles Chauncy, president of Harvard, 1654, the Rev. George Philips, Watertown, Mass., June, 1630, the Rev. Peter Bulkley, Concord, 1634, Maximillian Jewett, Rowley, Mass., 1641, and Joseph Waller, Boston, 1669. His father was graduated from Williams, A.B., 1834, A.M., 1837; attended Princeton Theological seminary, 1834-37; was pastor at Bloomsburg, Pa., 1839-71; missionary there, 1871-93, and a trustee of Lafayette college, Easton, Pa., 1849-93. David J. Wailer, Jr., was graduated from Lafayette, A.B., 1870, A.M., 1873; was a tutor in the college, 1870-71; attended Princeton Theological seminary, 1871-72, was licensed to preach by the presbytery of Northumberland in 1873, and was graduated from Union Theological seminary in 1874. He was married, May 14, 1874, to Anna, daughter of Matthias S. and Lydia (Billig) Appelman of Blooms-burg, Pa. He was ordained by the Central presbytery of Philadelphia, Nov. 30, 1874; was pastor at Philadelphia, 1874-76, and stated supply at Orangeville, Rohrsburg and Raven Creek, Pa., 1876-77. He was principal of the State Normal school, Bloomsburg, Pa., 1877-90; superintendent of public instruction for the state of Pennsylvania, 1890-93, and in the latter year became principal of the Indiana (Pa.) Normal school, a position he still held in 1903. He received the honorary degree of Ph.D. from Lafayette in 1880, and that of D.D. from Ursinus college, Collegeville, Pa., in 1892.
Source: The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume X W Waller, Elwyn


Elwyn WALLER, chemist, was born in New York city, March 22, 1846; son of Joseph Fernando and Martha (Brooks) Waller, and brother of Frank Waller (q.v.). He was graduated from Harvard college, A.B, 1867, A.M., 1870, and from Columbia college, E.M., 1870, Ph.D. 1875. He was connected with the Columbia School of Mines, as private assistant to Dr. C. F. Chandler, 1870-71; as assistant instructor in analytical chemistry, 1871-77; instructor, 1877-85, and professor, 1885-93, in which latter year he resigned, and established himself as an analytical and consulting chemist in New York city, making his home in Morristown, N.J. He served as mineralogist to the Santo Domingo expedition, January-April, 1871, and as health inspector and chemist of the New York health department, 1872-85. He was married; first, July 15, 1880, to Ella, daughter of John Trumbull and Sarah Grace (Carrol) White of New York city, who died Jan. 7, 1887; and secondly, Dec. 2, 1888, to Margaret Vandever, daughter of Stanton and Margaret (Vandever) Dorsey of Germantown, Pa. He was elected a member of the American Chemical society, the American Institute of Mining Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the New York Academy of Sciences; the British Society of Public Analysis; the Society of Chemical Industry of England; The London, Paris and Berlin chemical societies and the Torrey Botanical club. Dr. Waller was made associate chemical editor of the School of Mines Quarterly in 1881 and on editorial staff of the American Chemist, 1870-74, and edited, completed and revised "Quantitative Analysis" by F.A. Cairns (1880; 3d ed., 1896). He is the author of the chapter on "Disinfection" in Buck's "Treatise on Hygiene" (1879), and of that on "Water" in Parkes's "Manual of Practical Hygiene" (1883), and of contributions on sanitary and analytical chemistry in scientific publications.
source: The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume X W Waller, Frank


Frank WALLER, artist, was born in New York city, June 12, 1842; son of Joseph Fernando and Martha (Brookes) Waller; grandson of Henry and Melinda (Gordon) Ver Planck Waller and of Joshua and Martha (Moore) Brookes, natives of London and Norwich, England, and residents of New York city; great-grandson of Col. Alexander Gordon of New York; great2-grandson of Gen. James and Mary (Ball) Gordon, and great3-grandson of the Rev. Eliphalet Ball of Ballston, N.Y., known as "third cousin" of General Washington. Frank Waller attended the Free academy, New York city, 1863, being obliged to leave on account of ill health; was engaged in mercantile pursuits, 1863-68, and as an artist, 1868-88, studying under John G. Chapman in Rome, Italy, 1870-71, and spending the following year in travel in Egypt. In 1888 he established himself as an architect in New York city, making his home in Morristown, N.J. He was twice married; first, June 6, 1883, to Almira Stone, daughter of the Hon. Edward Weeks B. and Catherine (Peet) Canning of Stockbridge, Mass., and secondly, Dec. 28, 1896, to Elizabeth Vandever, daughter of Stanton and Margaret (Vandever) Dorsey of Germantown, Pa. He was one of the incorporators of the Art Students' league of New York city, in 1875, serving as its first corporate president, 1875-77; was honorary secretary of the Egypt Exploration Fund society, [p.296] and of the Ur Exploration society; a fellow of the National Academy of Design; member of the Architectural League of New York, and honorary member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His canvases include: Tombs of the Caliphs (1874); Interior of my Studio; Caravan on the Desert (1877); Interior of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1879), now owned by the Museum; Temple of Kom Ombos (1881); Eventide, Venice (1883); Testing his Toledo (1884), and Hop-Picking (1885). He is also the author of: Report on Art Schools (1879) and the First report of the Art Students' League (1886).
source: The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume X W Waller, Thomas McDonald page 296


Thomas McDonald WALLER, governor of Connecticut, was born in New York city, in 1840. He was adopted, after the death of his parents, by a paternal relative in New London, Conn., having previously been employed as a newsboy. He was admitted to the bar in 1861, and commenced practice in New London. He was a Democratic representative in the state legislature, 1867-68, 1872 and 1876, serving as speaker in the last year; was secretary of state, 1870; mayor of New London, 1873: state's attorney, 1876-83, and governor of Connecticut, 1882-84. He was U.S. consul-general in London, England, 1885-89, and a commissioner to the World's Columbian exposition, Chicago, Ill., in 1893.
source: The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume X W Walser, Zeb Vance


William Waller HENING, (Henning ?) lawyer, author. He was a legal writer of Virginia; and the author of The American Pleader and Lawyer's Guide; The New Virginia Justice; The Statutes of Virginia, 1691-1792; and Reports of Cases in the Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia and in the Supreme Court of Chancery for Richmond District. He died in 1828 in Virginia.
source: Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography of the Nineteenth Century. Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography page 472


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John Lightfoot WALLER, clergyman, author, was born Nov. 23, 1809, in Woodford county, Ky. In 1845 he established the Western Baptist Review, afterward called the Christian Repository, in Louisville, Ky., of which he remained editor until his death. He died Oct. 10, 1854, in Louisville, Ky.
source: Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography of the Nineteenth Century. Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography page 973


Clarence P. Larson, banker, merchant; born in Independence, Wis., June 6, 1885; son of O. P. and Lena (Waller). Larson; educated in High School of Whitehall, Wis., and Business College, Winona, Minn.; married, Whitehall, Wis., Aug. 21, 1909, Louise F. Steig; one son. Assistant cashier of John O. Melley & Co. Bank, Whitehall, Wis., 1905-06; cashier Bank of Eleva, Wis., 1906-07; president and cashier of the Bank of Eleva, Wis., since 1907. Also vice-president G. M. Steig Mercantile Co., Churches Ferry, N. Dak.; president Larson Sterning Co., Stephen, Minn.; president Eleva Mercantile Co., Eleva, Wis. Republican; Lutheran. Mason. Address: Eleva.
source: Important Men of 1913, page 297 Ancestry


George P. Waller Jr., consular official and publicist of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, was born Sept. 7, 1889, in Montgomery, Ala. He was educated at the University of Virginia. He was principal of the Chilbowie, Virginia, High School; for some time and was successfully engaged [p.477] in newspaper and magazine work; and was formerly chairman and vice-president of the Southern College Press Association. He is the author of various essays; and is a writer of Lyric Verse for Lippincott's Magazine and other publications. On Feb. 18, 1913, he was appointed vice and deputy consul in the American Consular Service at Yarmouth, N.S.
source: Important Men of 1913, page 477, Ancestry


Col. J. C. Yancey, a prominent attorney of Batesville, and a man of brilliant attainments, whose words of eloquence have often been heard in the halls of justice, was born in Orange County, Va., on July 10, 1853. He is a son of James E. and Mary E. (Waller) Yancey, both natives of the same county in Virginia, who moved to Jefferson County, Ky., in 1859, and remained at that place until 1873, when they repaired to Phillips County, Ark., in which place the father died in 1876, while the mother still survives him, and resides in that county. They were the parents of six children: Archilles N., Charles C., Elizabeth, Amelia, John C. and George W. Col. Yancey was reared in Virginia and Kentucky, and received his education from the schools of both States, his inclination for the law being developed at an early age. At eighteen years of age he began the study of law, and [p.728] in 1874 was admitted to the bar in Crittenden County, Ark., where he practiced about one year. He then formed a partnership with Col. A. Crockett, a grandson of famous Davy Crockett, and moved to Arkansas County, Ark., to practice. They remained at this place until 1878, when Col. Yancey came to Batesville, and established a law office, where he practiced alone until 1882, and then formed a partnership with Col. H. S. Coleman, under the firm name of Coleman & Yancey. In 1885 Col. Yancey was elected to the XXVth General Assembly, serving one term, and in 1889 was elected mayor of Batesville, an office he holds at the present time, and fills with distinction. In 1884 he was married to Miss Ella A. Dunnington, by whom he has had three children: Nona W., Dunnington A. and James C. Col. Yancey is a man of excellent ability, and one whose oratory at times is grand. His shrewdness and foresight have won for him many cases, where facts and argument were needed, and his eloquent addresses to many a jury have given him victory where it needed a man who could play upon the human heart. He is attorney for the Keystone Mining Company, and is president of the Telephone Company of Batesville. Also president of the Charcoal and Chemical Plant, and a principal stockholder in the Bank of Batesville, and also interested in the Batesville Printing Company, and Oil Trough Telephone Company.
source: Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northeast Arkansas
SHARP COUNTY–LOCATION AND TOPOGRAPHY–THE WATER SUPPLY–MINERALS, TIMBER AND SOIL–PRODUCTS–VALUATION OF PROPERTY–PUBLIC HIGHWAYS–POPULATION–ERECTION OF THE COUNTY–THE LEGAL CENTER–COUNTY BUILDINGS–DAYS OF THE PIONEERS–LAW AND EQUITY PRACTICED–THE STRUGGLE OVER SLAVERY AND SECESSION–VILLAGES LOCATED AND DESCRIBED–SCHOOL STATISTICS–CHURCH PEOPLE–CATALOGUE OF COUNTY OFFICERS–PERSONAL AND BUSINESS MEMORANDA–ELECTIONS.  page 728




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