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MILLS, Abraham, educator, born in Dutchess county, New York, in 1796; died in New York city, 8 July, 1867. He received an academic education, came to New York city, and studied law, but adopted teaching as a profession. He established a classical and mathematical school in Warren street, but was soon called to the chair of mathematics and philosophy in the Baptist literary and theological institute in New York city. This professorship he held until 1823, when the institute was transferred to Hamilton, New York, and there became Madison university, while Professor Mills remained in New York as a teacher of rhetoric and literature in various schools. Meanwhile he also turned his attention to editing, and published American revisions of "Burke on the Sublime and Beautiful" (New York, 1829) ; Blair's "Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles-Lettres" (1829) ; "Alison on Taste" (1830) ; and Lord Kames's "Elements of Criticism" (1833). These editions became popular at once, and were widely adopted as text-books. Subsequently he published "Literature and Literary Men of Great Britain and Ireland" (2 vols., New York, 1851) ; "Outlines of Rhetoric and Belles-Lettres" (1854) ; "Poets and Poetry of the Ancient Greeks" (Boston, 1854) ; and a "Compendium of the History of the Ancient Hebrews" (1856).
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