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William Branch Giles

William Branch Giles was an American statesman, long-term Senator from Virginia, the 24th Governor of Virginia. He served in the House of Representatives from 1790 to 1798 and again from 1801 to 1803, he served as United States Senator from 1804 to 1815, served in the House of Delegates again. After a time in private life, he joined the opposition to John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay, in 1824, he was died in Amelia County, where he built his home, The Wigwam. Giles attended Prince Edward Academy, now Hampden–Sydney College, the College of New Jersey now Princeton University, he went on to study law with Chancellor George Wythe and at the College of William and Mary. Giles supported the new Constitution during the ratification debates of 1788, but was not a member of the ratifying convention. Giles was elected to the U. S. House of Representatives in a special election in 1790, taking the seat of Theodorick Bland, who had died in office on June 1, he was to be re-elected three times. During this first period in Congress, he fervently supported his fellow Virginians James Madison and Thomas Jefferson against Alexander Hamilton and his ideas for a national bank preferring Jefferson's idea of an agrarian republic.

Working with Jefferson and Madison, he introduced three sets of resolutions in 1793, which attempted to censure Hamilton's "administration of finances" as Secretary of the Treasury to the point of accusing him of misadministration in office under the Funding Act of 1790 to force the US to repay America's debts to France following the French Revolution.. In accordance with this goal, he opposed the pro-british Jay's Treaty and resisted naval appropriation to be used against France during the Quasi-War. In the same year, he voted for the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions in the House of Delegates in order to declare the Alien and Sedition Acts unconstitutional. After another term in the House, from 1801 to 1803, Giles was appointed as a Senator from Virginia after the resignation of Wilson Cary Nicholas in 1804. Giles served in the US Senate, being reappointed in 1810 until he resigned on March 3, 1815. Giles advocated the removal of Justice Samuel Chase after his impeachment, urging the Senate to consider it as a political decision rather than as a trial.

Giles was disappointed by the acquittal of Chase. He supported the election of Madison as President in 1808, in preference to the Federalist's candidate Charles Cotesworth Pinckney. In fact, Giles was Madison's chief advocate in Virginia. After the election, however, he joined with Senator Samuel Smith of Maryland and his brother Robert Smith, the Secretary of State, in criticizing Madison, he disliked Albert Gallatin, the Secretary of the Treasury, was responsible for preventing his nomination as Secretary of State and for defeating Gallatin's bill of 1811 for a new Bank of the United States. Giles's refusal to accept the General Assembly's instructions led to his rejection at the next poll for a senator. Giles served one uneventful term in the Virginia House of Delegates in 1816–1817 and retired from political office for a time. He, published opinion pieces and columns, chiefly in the Richmond, Enquirer, in which he deplored the Era of Good Feelings as a false prosperity, given over to banks and fraudulent internal improvements.

He attacked John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay as he had attacked Hamilton, calling them corrupt Anglophiles. Giles published a criticism of the Jeffersonian program for public education; as Giles explained, it was unjust to tax one man to educate another man's children, the teachers that the government employed would constitute a special interest, always at the ready to vote for higher taxes and higher government spending. Besides, he said, giving every boy in Virginia three years of school would have limited practical utility, would deprive farm families of much-needed labor power, would leave the typical "scholar" unfitted for the return to hard labor that awaited him; when James Barbour left the Senate in 1825, Giles attempted to persuade the legislature to appoint him as replacement. In 1826, Giles was again elected to the House of Delegates, in 1827 he was elected Governor. From the governorship, Giles encouraged Virginia's Senator Littleton Waller Tazewell to organize a southern resistance to the American System of Henry Clay centered on a boycott on northern manufactures.

Tazewell found little support for it among southern senators. In Giles's last term, he was a member of the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1829–1830 where he supported the existing a

Frederick Bruce (diplomat)

Sir Frederick William Adolphus Wright-Bruce, GCB was a British diplomat. Frederick Bruce was the youngest of the three sons of Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin and his second wife Elizabeth, youngest daughter of James Townshend Oswald of Dunnikier, Fife, he was born at Bromhall, Fife, on 14 April 1814. It was during his brief practice as a barrister that he changed his surname after receiving a large inheritance from a client. On 9 February 1842 he was attached to Lord Ashburton's mission to Washington, returning to England with his lordship in September of that year. On 9 February 1844 he was appointed colonial secretary at Hong Kong, accompanied its second governor John Francis Davis on HMS Spiteful arriving there on 8 May of that year, he left Hong Kong to begin 16 months' leave, on the 23 June 1846, just four days was appointed lieutenant-governor of Newfoundland. His next change was to Sucre, with the appointment of consul-general in the republic of Bolivia on 23 July 1847, on 14 April 1848 he was accredited as chargé d'affaires.

He was named chargé d'affaires to the Oriental republic of Uruguay on 29 August 1851, on 3 August 1853 became agent and consul-general in Egypt in the place of the Hon. C. A. Murray. On his brother, Lord Elgin, being appointed ambassador extraordinary to China, he accompanied him as principal secretary in April 1857, he brought home the treaty with China signed at Tientsin on 26 June 1858 and was made a C. B. on 28 September. His diplomatic tact was appreciated by the home government, for he was appointed on 2 December 1858 envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to the Xianfeng Emperor of China, on 1 March following chief superintendent of British trade in that country, his mission was prevented from proceeding to Peking by the opposition made by the Chinese. The mission therefore returned to Shanghai, where it remained until the ratification of the treaty of 26 June 1858 at Peking on 24 October 1860, he proceeded to Peking on 7 November 1860 but withdrew to Tientsin for the winter, while arrangements were made for putting a residence in order for his reception.

The mission was established at Peking on 26 March 1861, but it was not until 2 April that Bruce paid a visit to Prince Gong. During his time in Shanghai, his support for the Qing contributed to Britain's intervention in the Taiping Rebellion. On the removal of Lord Lyons from Washington to Constantinople, Bruce was selected to fill the important office of British representative at Washington on 1 March 1865, he was made a K. C. B. of the civil division on 12 December 1862 and received the grand cross of the order on 17 March 1865. He was appointed umpire by the commission named under the convention of 1864, concluded between the United States of America and the United States of Colombia, for the adjustment of claims of American citizens against the Colombian government, he died, unmarried, at Boston in the United States on 19 September 1867, when his remains were embalmed and, being conveyed to Scotland, were interred at Dunfermline Abbey on 8 October. Boase, G. C.. "Frederick Wright-Bruce". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Oxford University Press. Doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/3730. Retrieved 27 June 2009. "The Hon. Sir F. Bruce, G. C. B." The Gentleman's Historical Review. IV: 677–678. July–December 1867. Retrieved 27 June 2009. Attribution This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: "Bruce, Frederick William Adolphus". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900


Lady Nō known as Kichō, was the legal wife of Oda Nobunaga, a major daimyō during the Sengoku period of Japanese history. Her proper name was Kichō, but since she came from Mino Province, she is most referred to as Nōhime, she was renowned for her beauty and cleverness. Nōhime's father was the daimyo her mother was known as Omi no Kata. Nō herself appears little in any historical record, there is not a lot of information on the dates of her birth or death. According to one historical record, Lady Nō was infertile, when Nobunaga's concubine Lady Kitsuno gave birth to Oda Nobutada, the child was given to Lady Nō, Nobunaga's legal wife, to be raised as Nobunaga's heir. Nō was said to be intelligent and stunningly beautiful. At their wedding, Nobunaga described her as having "the mind of a genius and the appearance of a goddess." She was married to him in 1549, during a truce between his father and hers. The marriage is believed to have been a political gesture, with little actual love between Nō and Nobunaga.

Though she was his official wife, it is believed that he focused his love on his concubine, who bore him his first son, Nobutada. Nō was never able to conceive a child with Nobunaga, it was believed that she was infertile. Through lack of historical record there is not much information of what became of Nō or the date of her death. Overall, it can be said that Nō's life as it is known now is more of a mixture of legends and tentative half-truths. Nō's official grave is at a subtemple of Daitoku-ji in Kyoto. One theory posits that Nō was acting as a spy, or assassin, for her father. Given Nobunaga's reputation at the time as the unruly "Fool of Owari", it was not impossible for Dōsan to want Nō to assassinate him, as she was skilled in both the sword and a selection of martial arts; as for her alleged role as a spy, there is a popular story where Nobunaga purposely gave Nō false information regarding a conspiracy between two of her father's head servants and their plans to betray him. Her father had both men executed, thus weakened himself by eliminating those loyal to him.

In 1556, Nō's father, was killed in a coup done by Yoshitatsu, in Mino Province. This detracted much from Nō's worth as a wife, her inability to conceive and her supposed spying were held against her. The fate of Nōhime is uncertain, but it is said that she died in the flames of Honno-ji while fighting with her naginata against enemy soldiers; however it is said that she escaped the flames of Kyoto alive. After the Honnō-ji Incident which claimed the lives of Nobunaga and his son Nobutada, it was uncertain where Nō went; some speculate that she died at Honnō-ji, but the woman alleged to be Nō was more believed to be a dormant prostitute who Oda Nobunaga had taken a liking to. After the incident, Nobunaga's wives and female servants were all sent to Azuchi Castle, Nobunaga's castle of residence. Among the women was a Lady Azuchi, taken in by Nobunaga's second son, Nobukatsu; this Lady Azuchi is believed to have been Nō in disguise as she soon after disappeared from Azuchi Castle in the night. Afterwards, it was rumoured that she had attempted to raise her father's clan in Mino under her name.

But this rumour says that Nō had been killed by an assassin sent by the Akechi, tracking her down since her escape from Honnō-ji. The most accepted form of Nō’s life after the death of Nobunaga is that she was under the care of her adopted son Nobukatsu until he was defeated by Toyotomi Hideyoshi was under the care of the Toyotomi until her death in 1612. See People of the Sengoku period in popular culture. In Sengoku Basara game and anime series, she is depicted as a beautiful and elegant woman, loyal to her husband, with matchlock pistols and guns as weapons

Miyuki Hashimoto

Miyuki Hashimoto is a female Japanese singer from Saitama Prefecture. She is signed to a label which contribute songs to anime and video games. Koko ni Iru kara... Koko ni Iru kara... — anime television series Girls Bravo first season ending theme FOREVERand and — anime television series Girls Bravo second season ending theme Nakigao Nochi Hareinnocence innocence — anime television series Shuffle! Ending theme Time has comeBe Ambitious, Guys! Be Ambitious, Guys! — PC game Tick! Tack! opening theme Pieces — PC game Tick! Tack! Insert songFaze to love Faze to love — anime television series Gunparade Orchestra opening theme Arigato!screaming screaming — anime television series Soul Link opening theme dust trail — anime television series Soul Link ending themeCosmic Rhapsody Cosmic Rhapsody — PS2 game Soul Link Extension opening theme Anata o Mamoritai — PS2 game Soul Link Extension opening themeNijiiro Sentimental Nijiiro Sentimental — anime television series Gift ~eternal rainbow~ opening theme Amayaka na AtashiBimetsu S.

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Joseph Benjamin (actor)

Joseph Benjamin is a Nigerian actor, Voice-over Artist and television presenter known for co-hosting MTN's Project Fame, a talent reality show, starring in the movies Tango With Me, Mr. and Mrs. and Murder at Prime Suites. He won the African Actor of the Year award at the 2012 African Film Awards. For his role in Married but Living Single, he won the best lead actor at the 2012 Best of Nollywood Awards. In 2012, Benjamin won best actor in a lead role at the 2012 Nollywood Movies Awards. Benjamin was born on 9 November 1976, to an Anambra State mother, he completed his secondary education in Lagos State. He holds a degree in Mass Communication. Benjamin has two children. Benjamin made his first movie, Crossroads, in 1995. Benjamin has starred in several television series, including Edge of Paradise, in which he was being "crushed on" by his neighbor's daughter, he starred with Genevieve Nnaji in the drama Tango With Me and has appeared in TV and radio commercials. He has co-hosted, with Adaora Oleh, MTN Project Fame West Africa since 2009.

He played a detective in the movie Murder at Prime Suites, inspired by an actual occurrence in Lagos, about a woman murdered by someone she met on Facebook. Other movies to his credit include Dark Side, Married but Living Single, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Benjamin was nominated for Golden Actor in the Golden Movie Awards which held on 21 May 2015; the nominees for this category includes actors like Gbenga Tityloye, John Dumelo, Adjetey Anang and Blossom Chukwujekwu. | 2018 || Greenleaf ||Joseph Obi || |- Joseph Benjamin on IMDb

Manon Gropius

Alma Manon Gropius was the daughter of the architect Walter Gropius and the composer and diarist Alma Mahler and the stepdaughter of the novelist and poet Franz Werfel. She is a Randfigur whose importance lies in her key relationships to major figures: a muse who inspired the composer Alban Berg as well as Werfel and the Nobel Prize-winning writer Elias Canetti. Manon Gropius is most cited as the "angel" and dedicatee of Berg's Violin Concerto. Manon Gropius was born in Vienna during the height of World War I, on October 5, 1916, the third child of Alma Mahler, the widow of the composer and conductor Gustav Mahler, wife of the architect and Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, her parents separated soon after Gropius discovered Alma's affair with the writer Franz Werfel in the summer of 1918 and the true paternity of her fourth child, Martin Johannes Gropius. Like other children of her background and parentage, called "Mutzi" by family and friends, was raised by her nanny, a former Austro-Hungarian Army nurse, Ida Gebauer, Her early life was spent traveling with her mother between Alma's three homes in Vienna, Breitenstein am Semmering, Venice, as well as at Weimar, the site of the first Bauhaus school.

Her travels included many German cities, including Leipzig, where Franz Werfel's play Spiegelmensch premiered in 1921. There, the precocious five-year-old saw the rehearsals and began to "perform" the roles of the heroine as well as declaim lines. From that time on, her mother and others in their milieu cultivated the girl's interest in the theater. During the early 1920s, Walter Gropius gave Alma the legal grounds to divorce him for infidelity, by arranging to be discovered in flagrante delicto with a prostitute, his cooperation came with the understanding that Manon would be allowed to stay with him and his new wife, Ise Gropius, at Dessau, where the Bauhaus had relocated. It was not until November 1927 that Alma agreed to an extended visit. From that time and his daughter began to exchange letters as well as gifts, including a set of Gropius-designed furniture and books and magazines in which Gropius hid private communications so as to avoid interception by the overly possessive Alma. Walter Gropius enjoyed only one more extended visit in 1932.

Manon was educated at home by various tutors. Like her older half-sister, Anna Mahler, she was given piano lessons but did not distinguish herself as a musician, she attended the same progressive girls' school that her mother attended, Institut Hanausek, in Vienna's First District. However, Manon's irascible behavior, owing much to her free-spirited early childhood—Alma would let her go about naked as much as possible—Manon left her boarding school and her education continued at home. Although she wanted to be an actress, her mother wanted her to have a practical education and Manon, who had become fluent in French and Italian, prepared for the Austrian state exam as a language teacher and translator. During the 1930s, she became more tractable serene, she had a way with animals and was followed by cats and dogs. She took a special interest in snakes. Werfel—who had married her mother in 1929 and no longer needed to be called by the euphemism "Onkel"—being well-versed in comparative religion, did not fail to notice the Potnia Theron-like associations as well as the attributes of a Christian saint such as St. Francis of Assisi.

Manon, baptized a Protestant, converted to Catholicism in 1932 and came under the influence of her mother's admirer, Fr. Johannes Hollnsteiner, it was during this time that Elias Canetti saw her and, like the composer Ernst Krenek and others in Alma's circle, wrote about his impressions of Manon in his memoirs. Canetti suggests Alma looked upon Manon as just another trophy, on a par with her three husbands and many possessions: Hardly a moment a gazelle came tripping into the room, a light-footed, brown-haired creature disguised as a young girl, untouched by the splendor into which she had been summoned, younger in her innocence than her probable sixteen years, she radiated timidity more than beauty, an angelic gazelle, not from the ark but from heaven. I jumped up, thinking to bar her entrance into this alcove of vice or at least to cut off her view of the poisoner on the wall, but Lucrezia, who never stopped playing her part, had irrepressibly taken the floor: "Beautiful, isn't she? This is my daughter Manon.

By Gropius. In a class by herself. You don't mind my saying so, do you, Annerl? What's wrong with having a beautiful sister? Like father, like daughter. Did you see Gropius? A big handsome man; the true Aryan type. The only man, racially suited to me. All the others who fell in love with me were little Jews. Like Mahler; the fact is. You can run along now, pussycat. Wait, go and see if Franzl is writing poetry. If he is, don't bother him. If he isn't, tell him I want him." With this commission Manon, the third trophy, slipped out of the room. I was relieved at the thought that nothing could touch her, that she would always remain as she was and never become like her mother, the poisoner on the wall, the glassy, blubbery old woman on the sofa; the teenage Manon was used by her aging mother to attract the kind of sensual male attention that she had enjoyed for herself in her youth. However, now she found that joy vicariously in matching her daughter up with an older man, the Austrofascist po