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UPSON, Ansel Judd, clergyman, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 7 November, 1823. He was graduated at Hamilton college in 1843, and began to study law in Utica, but became a tutor in Hamilton in 1845, and in 1849 was made adjunct professor of rhetoric and moral philosophy. From 1853 till 1870 he held the chair of logic, rhetoric, and elocution, and then, after serving as pastor of the 2d Presbyterian church in Albany, he became in 1880 professor of sacred rhetoric and pastoral theology in Auburn theological seminary. Hamilton gave him the degree of D. D. in 1870, and Union that of LL.D. in 1880. He has been a regent of the State university since 1874, and a member of the general assembly of his church in 1871 and 1877. Dr. Upson has a high reputation as an instructor and trainer of young men for public speaking. He has delivered many lectures, and, besides contributions to periodicals, has published numerous addresses.
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