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FARNSWORTH, Benjamin Franklin, educator, born in Bridgeton, Maine, 17 December 1793; died in Louisville, Kentucky, 4 June 1851. He was graduated at Dartmouth in 1813, studied for the ministry, and was pastor of the Baptist Church at Edenton, N. C., for two years. From 1821 till 1823 he was principal of the Bridgewater, Massachusetts, academy, and then took charge of a girls' high school at Worcester, Massachusetts. He next edited the" Christian Watchman," of Boston, which he left, in 1826, to take the chair of theology at the New Hampton, N. H., theological institute. Here he remained until 1833, when, after teaching school for a time in Providence, R. I., he was elected president of Georgetown, Kentucky, College, from which he afterward received the degree of D.D. The following year he was chosen president of the University of Louisville, where he remained until his death.
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