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LEE, Benjamin Franklin, clergyman, born in Gouldtown, New Jersey, 18 September, 1841. He is of African descent, and was educated at Wilberforce university, Ohio. He entered the ministry in 1869, was appointed to the chair of pastoral theology, homiletics, and ecclesiastical history in Wilberforce university in 1873, and elected its president in 1876. He was chosen to represent his church at the Ecumenical conference in London in 1881, and at the Methodist centennial in Baltimore in 1884. He was given the degree of D. D. by Wilberforce university, Ohio, in 1883, and elected editor of the "Christian Recorder" in 1884. He has written "Wesley the Worker" (New York, 1880), and "The Causes of the Success of Methodism."
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