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HYDE, Alvan, clergyman, born in Franklin, Connecticut, 2 February, 1768; died in Lee, Massachusetts, 4 December, 1833. He was graduated at Dartmouth in 1788, studied theology, and on 6 June, 1792, was ordained pastor of the church in Lee, where he remained till his death. For thirty-one years he was a member of the corporation of Williams college, and its vice president from 1812 till his death. The degree of D.D. was given to him by Dartmouth in 1812. Dr. Hyde published "Sketches of the Life of Reverend Stephen West" (1818); an "Essay on the State of Infants" (1830); and occasional sermons.--His half-brother, Lavius, clergyman, born in Franklin, Connecticut, in 1789; died in Vernon, Connecticut, 3 April, 1865, was educated by his brother, and graduated at Williams in 1813. He studied theology in Andover, and in 1818 was ordained pastor in Salisbury, Connecticut In 1823 he was settled in Bolton, Connecticut, and subsequently at Ellington, Connecticut, and Wayland, and Becket, Massachusetts, but afterward returned to Bolton. In 1859 he retired from the ministry and spent the last years of his life in Vernon. He possessed a large and valuable library. He published the "Remains" of the poet Carlos Wilcox, with a memoir (Hartford, 1828); a memoir of his brother Alvan (Boston, 1835); and a new edition of Dr. Nettleton's "Village Hymns" (Hartford, 1858).
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