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PATTON, Alfred Spencer, clergyman, born in Suffolk, England, 12 December, 1825; died in Brooklyn, New York, 12 January, 1888. His parents emigrated to the United States, and he was educated at Columbian college, Washington, D. C., and Madison university, New York, receiving the degree of D. D. from the latter. He was pastor successively of Baptist churches at West Chester, Pennsylvania, and Haddonville and Hoboken, New Jersey, remaining five years in the latter place. In 1859 he was called to Roxbury, Massachusetts, and in 1862-'3 he was chaplain of the Massachusetts senate. In 1864 he was invited to Utica, and there built the Tabernacle Baptist church. In 1872 he purchased the "American Baptist," an antislavery journal, in New York city, changing its name to "The Baptist Weekly," and it soon became widely known as an organ of that denomination. He continued its publication until his death. He wrote "Light in the Valley" (Philadelphia, 1852); "My Joy and Crown " (1855) : "Kincaid, the Hero Missionary" (New York, 1858): "The Losing and Taking of Mansoul, or Lectures on the Holy War" (1859): and "Live for Jesus" (Philadelphia, 1861).
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