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HALL, Baynard Rust, author, born in Philadelphia in 1798; died in Brooklyn, New York, 23 January, 1863. He was the son of Dr. John Hall, an eminent surgeon on the staff of General Washington, and was left at an early age heir to a large fortune, but never came into its possession, owing to mismanagement. He was graduated at Union college in 1820, and at the Princeton theological seminary in 1823, and went to the west as a missionary. While there he was pastor of a church in Bloomington, Indiana, and president of the college in the same place from 1823 till 1831. Returning to the east, he had charge for seven years of a congregation at Bedford, Pennsylvania, where he was also the principal of an academy. From 1838 till 1846 he taught in Bordentown and Trenton, New Jersey, and Poughkeepsie, Newburg, and Brooklyn, New York In 1848 he received the degree of D. D. from Rutgers college. The last years of his life were devoted to preaching among the poor. He published a Latin grammar (1828), and was also the author of "The New Purchase, or Life in the Far West," which enjoyed a wide popularity (New York, 1843); "Something for Everybody" (1843); "Teaching a Science; The Teacher an Artist"; and "Frank Freeman's Barber Shop" (1852).
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