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DORR, Benjamin, clergyman, born in Salisbury, Massachusetts, 22 March 1796: died in Germantown, Pennsylvania, 18 September 1869. He was graduated at Dartmouth in 1817, and, after studying both law and divinity, was ordained priest by Bishop Hobart in 1S23. He was rector of Protestant Episcopal Churches in Lansingburg and Waterford in 1820'9. and of Trinity Church, Utica, in 1829'35. In 1835'7 he traveled 15,000 miles as general agent of the domestic committee of the Board of missions. But his real lifework did not until 1837, when he succeeded the venerable Bishop White in the rectorship of Christ Church, Philadelphia, where he remained until his death. In 1838 the University of Pennsylvania conferred on him the degree of D. D., and in 1839 he was elected bishop of Maryland, but declined. In 1853 he visited Europe, extending his journey to Egypt and the Holy Land. Among his works, which have been extensively circulated in the United States and reprinted in England and the British provinces, are "The Churchman's Manual" ; "The History of a Pocket Prayer Book, Written by Itself" ; "Recognition of Friends in Another World" ; "Sunday School Teacher's Encouragement" ; "Prophecies and Types Relatire to Christ"; "An Affectionate Invitation to the Holy Communion"; " An Historical Account of Christ Church, Philadelphia" (1841); "Notes of Travel" (1856); and "A Memoir of John Fanning Watson" (1861).
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