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HUBBARD, Bela, clergyman, born in Guilford, Connecticut, 27 August, 1739; died in New Haven, Connecticut, 6 December, 1812. He was graduated at Yale in 1758, and five years afterward went to England for ordination. After his return he officiated as rector of Episcopal churches in Guilford and Killingworth, Connecticut, until 1767, when he was transferred by the Society for propagating the gospel to West Haven and New Haven, and appointed its missionary. His loyalty to the crown was well known, but by his discreet and inoffensive conduct he escaped personal indignity, and was allowed to perform his duties without molestation. In the yellow-fever epidemic in New Haven in 1795 he remained at his post, and endeared himself to the community by his services, not only to his own congregation, but to members of other churches. In the latter part of his life he was rector of Trinity church, New Haven. Yale gave him the degree of D.D. in 1804.--His son, Thomas Hill, statesman, born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1780; died in Utica, New York, 22 May, 1857, was graduated at Yale in 1798, and began the practice of law in Hamilton, New York He was surrogate of Madison county, New York, in 1806-'16, presidential elector on the Madison and Gerry ticket in 1812, and served in congress as a Democrat from 1817 till 1819, and from 1821 to 1823. He was also a presidential elector on the Polk and Dallas ticket in 1844, and on the Pierce and King ticket in 1852.--Thomas Hill's son, Bela, geologist, born in Hamilton, New York, 23 April, 1814, was graduated at Hamilton in 1834, and soon afterward settled in Michigan. In 1837 he was appointed assistant geologist of that state, which office he held for three years. He was admitted to the bar in Detroit during 1842, and subsequently devoted his attention chiefly to real estate. Mr. Hubbard was one of the original members of the Association of American geologists and naturalists, and was first president of Michigan agricultural society, besides being a member of other associations. He has published various technical papers and pamphlets, many of which he has collected into "Memorials of a Half-Century" (New York, 1887).
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