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RAND, Asa, clergyman, born in Rindge, New Hampshire, 6 August, 1783; died in Ashburnham, Massachusetts, 24 August, 1871. He was graduated at Dartmouth in 1806, and ordained as a minister of the Congregational church in January, 1809. After a pastorate of thirteen years' duration at Gotham, Maine, he edited the "Christian Mirror" at Portland, Maine, in 1822-'5, afterward conducted the "Recorder" and the "Youth's Companion" at Boston, and in 1833 established a book-store and printing-office at Lowell. He published the "Observer" at this place, lectured against slavery, and was then pastor of churches at Pompey and Peterborough, New York He published "Teacher's Manual for Teaching in English Grammar" (Boston, 1832), and "The Slave-Catcher caught in the Meshes of the Eternal Law" (Cleveland, 1852).--His son, William Wilberforce, author, born in Gorham, Maine, 8 December, 1816, was graduated at Bowdoin in 1837, at the Theological seminary at Bangor, Maine, in 1840, and in the latter year was licensed to preach as a Congregational minister. He was pastor of the Reformed Dutch church of Canastota, New York, from 1841 till 1845, editor for the American tract society, New York city, in 1848-'72, and has since been its publishing secretary. He is the author of "Songs of Zion" (New York, 1850 ; enlarged ed., 1866)" " Dictionary of the Bible for General Use" (1860; enlarged and largely rewritten, 1887); and other smaller books.
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