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MINER, Alonzo Ames, clergyman, born in Lempster, New Hampshire, 17 August, 1814. His grandfather, Charles, was a soldier of the revolution. Alonzo received an academical education, and was a teacher at intervals between 1830 and 1835. He was principal of an academy at Unity, New Hampshire, in 1835-'9, and in June of the latter year was ordained as a Universalist clergyman, afterward holding pastorates at Methuen, Lowell, and Boston. He was president of Tufts college, Medford, Massachusetts, from July, 1862, till November, 1874, when he returned to his former charge in Boston. He has been a member of the Massachusetts board of education since 1869, chairman of the board of visitors of the State normal art-school since 1873, is president of the State temperance alliance, and was Prohibition candidate for governor in 1878. He was the original projector of the Universalist publishing-house, Boston, edited "The Star of Bethlehem," has contributed to periodicals, and has been well known as an anti-slavery and temperance lecturer. He received the degree of D.D. from Harvard in 1863, and was elected by the legislature an overseer of that institution the same year.
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