Monday, February 22, 2010

Archduke Francis Ferdinand's Assasination started World War I

Franz Ferdinand (18 December 1863 – 28 June 1914) was an Archduke of Austria-Este, Austro-Hungarian and Royal Prince of Hungary and of Bohemia, and from 1889 until his death, heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne. His assassination in Sarajevo precipitated Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia. This caused countries allied with Austria-Hungary (the Triple Alliance) and countries allied with Serbia (the Triple Entente Powers) to declare war on each other, starting World War I. from Wikipedia

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Seijiro Hirai, Japanese civil engineer.

Hirai Seijirō (平井 晴二郎?, November 13, 1856 – June 28, 1926) was a Japanese railroad engineer.
from Wikipedia:

Hirai was born in Kanazawa, Japan. He was chosen by Japan to be one of the first to study abroad and he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received his M.S. in civil engineering in 1878. He worked for the U.S. government before becoming a railway engineer in the Colonization Bureau for Hokkaido in 1881. In 1882 he was appointed chief of the railway for the Mining and Railway Bureau for Hokkaidō. He later became the chief engineer of the Osaka Railway Company.

He eventually joined the government of Japan, where he was advanced to the position of president of the Imperial Government Railways in 1904. When the railway became presided by a cabinet minister (Gotō Shinpei being the first minister) in 1908, he was appointed the vice president.

In 1913 he was dispatched to China and served as an adviser to the Chinese government until he returned to Japan in 1925.

Photo via United States Library of Congress
Bain News Service,, publisher.
S. Hirai
[between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]
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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

Dr. Lyman Abbott

American Congregationalist theologian and editor/author. Spent the better part of his career in New York City and Brooklyn.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Roskoff's Magic Mustache

US General William Tecumseh Sherman

Portrait by Mathew Brady, c.1864

William Tecumseh Sherman (February 8, 1820 – February 14, 1891) was an American soldier, businessman, educator and author. He served as a General in the Union Army during the American Civil War (1861–65), for which he received recognition for his outstanding command of military strategy as well as criticism for the harshness of the "scorched earth" policies that he implemented in conducting total war against the Confederate States. Military historian Basil Liddell Hart famously declared that Sherman was "the first modern general".

Sherman served under General Ulysses S. Grant in 1862 and 1863 during the campaigns that led to the fall of the Confederate stronghold of Vicksburg on the Mississippi River and culminated with the routing of the Confederate armies in the state of Tennessee. In 1864, Sherman succeeded Grant as the Union commander in the western theater of the war. He proceeded to lead his troops to the capture of the city of Atlanta, a military success that contributed to the re-election of President Abraham Lincoln. Sherman's subsequent march through Georgia and the Carolinas further undermined the Confederacy's ability to continue fighting. He accepted the surrender of all the Confederate armies in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida in April 1865.

When Grant became president, Sherman succeeded him as Commanding General of the Army (1869–83). As such, he was responsible for the conduct of the Indian Wars in the western United States. He steadfastly refused to be drawn into politics and in 1875 published his Memoirs, one of the best-known firsthand accounts of the Civil War.

History from Wikipedia: US General William Tecumseh Sherman

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Dr. William Lewis Shurtleff

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,
Photo from between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915
William Lewis Shurtleff, K.C., LL.D., (March 29, 1864 - 1954) was a Quebec lawyer and newspaper owner. He was the defense lawyer for Harry Kendall Thaw during his extradition trial in 1913. See: The Buffalo Morning Express called him "one of the leading lawyers in Canada".

Friday, February 5, 2010

Senator Henry Cabot Lodge

Henry Cabot Lodge (May 12, 1850 – November 9, 1924) was an American statesman, a Republican politician, and a noted historian.