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POLHEMUS, Abraham, clergyman, born in Astoria, Long Island, New York, in 1812; died in Newburg, New York, in October, 1857. His ancestor, Reverend Johannes T. Polhemus, a native of Holland, came to this country in 1654. Abraham was graduated at Rutgers in 1831, and at New Brunswick theological seminary in 1835, and was pastor in Hopewell, New York, till 1857, and in Newark, that year till his death. Mr. Polhemus was very popular in the community in which he lived, and was clear and logical as a pulpit orator. He published an " Address before the Alumni of Rutgers College" (1852). A "Memorial," containing twelve of his sermons, the address at his installation in Newark, by Dr. David H. Riddle, and his funeral discourse, by Dr. John Forsyth, chaplain, United States A., was print-e(1 after his death.
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