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LAMSON, Alvan, clergyman, born in Weston, Massachusetts, 18 November, 1792; died in Dedham, Massachusetts, 17 July, 1864. He was graduated at Harvard in 1814, and appointed tutor in Bowdoin, but left in 1816, and entered the Harvard divinity school. In 1818 he became pastor of the First church in Dedham, Massachusetts, which charge he retained till 1860. He was a vigorous writer, a contributor to the "Christian Examiner," and the author of "History of the First Church in Dedham" (Dedham, Massachusetts, 1839); "Sermons" (Boston, 1857); and "The Church of the First Three Centuries" (2d ed., 1865).
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