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NETTLETON, Ashael, clergyman, born in North Killingworth, Connecticut, 21 April, 1783; died in East Windsor, Connecticut, 16 May, 1844. He was graduated at Yale in 1809, studied theology, was licensed in 1811, and ordained as an evangelist in 1817. His preaching was so effective that he relinquished his intention of becoming a missionary, and from 1812 till 1822 served as a revivalist in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York. In 1827 he went to Virginia for his health, returning in 1829, and preached in New York and Connecticut until 1831. He then went to Great Britain, and soon after his return in 1832 was appointed professor of pastoral duty in the newly organized seminary at East Windsor, Connecticut, and, although he did not accept this office, he settled there and lectured occasionally to the students. He received the degree of D. D. from Hampden Sidney and Jefferson colleges, Pennsylvania, in 1839. Dr. Nettleton's sermons were chiefly extemporaneous, and in his later years he opposed the doctrines of the New Haven school of theology. He compiled a book entitled " Village Hymns" (New York, 1824). His " Remains and Sermons" were edited by Reverend Bennet Tyler, D. D. (Hartford, 1845), who also published a "Memoir" (1844), which was reprinted with additions by Reverend Andrew A. Bonar under the title of "Nettleton and His Labors " (Edinburgh, 1854).
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