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DAVID RAMSAY (1749—1815)

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Originally appearing in Volume V22, Page 880 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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DAVID RAMSAY (1749—1815), American physician and historian, the son of an Irish emigrant, was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, on the 2nd of April 1749. He graduate( at Princeton in 1765, and M.B. at the University of Penn sylvania in 1773, and then settled as a physician at Charlestor: South Carolina, where he had a large practice. During tht War of Independence he served as a field-surgeon (178o-1781), and from 1776 to 1783 he was a member of the South Carolins legislature. Having acted as one of the " council of safety ' at Charleston, he was, on the capture of that city in 178c. seized by the British as a hostage, and for nearly a year wat kept.in confinement at St Augustine. From 1782 to 1786 ht served in the Continental Congress, and from 18o1 to 1815 ir the state Senate, of which he was long president. In 1785 he published in two volumes History of the Revolution of South Carolina, in 1789 in two volumes History of the American Revolution, in 1807 a Life of Washington, and in 1809 in two volumes a History of South Carolina. He was also the author of several minor works. He died at Charleston on the 8th of May 1815 from a wound inflicted by a lunatic. His History of the United States in 3 vols. was published posthumously in 1816—1817, and forms the first three volumes of his Universal History Americanized, published in 12 vols. in 1819. .RAMSAY, ROBERT (1842—1882), Australian statesman, was a native of Hawick, Roxburghshire, but his parents emigrated to Victoria when he was a child of four, and he was educated at the Scottish college in Melbourne. He studied law at Melbourne University, and subsequently became a member of a well-known firm of solicitors in the city. He married in 1868 Isabella Catherine Urquhart, and in 1870 entered the assembly for East Bourke in the Conservative and free trade interest. He was a member of the government of James Goodall Francis in 1872—74. He was subsequently postmaster-general (1874—75) in the administration of George Biscoe Kerferd; he held the same office in conjunction with the ministry of education (1875—77) under Sir James M`Culloch; and for a short term in 188o hH was chief secretary and minister of education in the first administration of James Service. He died on the 23rd of May 1882.
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