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HAIGHT, Benjamin I., clergyman, born in New York city, 16 October, 1809; died there, 21 February, 1879. He was graduated at Columbia in 1828, and at the General theological seminary of the Episcopal church in 1831. He was ordained deacon the same year, and priest in 1833. While in deacon's orders he was elected (1831) rector of St. Peter's church, New York, and in 1834 was called to St. Paul's, Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1837 he was elected rector of All Saints', New York, and remained there until 1846. He was chosen professor of pastoral theology in the General theological seminary in 1837, and served the interests of the church in that chair until 1855. In the latter year Dr. Haight was elected an assistant minister of Trinity church, New York, and during the absence of the rector in 1874 held the office of assistant rector. He was a delegate from New York to the general conventions of 1868, 1871, and 1874. In 1873 Dr. Haight was elected bishop of Massachusetts, but declined on account of feeble health. He served as secretary of the Convention of New York for twenty years, and was a member of the standing committee of the diocese for ten years. He was elected a trustee of Columbia college in 1843, and gave much time and attention to the interests of that institution. Dr. Haight was an excellent speaker and debater, and exercised a wide influence in guiding the course of ecclesiastical affairs under anomalous and trying conditions. During the last two or three years of his life he suffered from impaired health caused by overtaxed energies. He published a few occasional sermons and addresses.--His son, Charles C., is an architect, and designed the new buildings of Columbia college and the General theological seminary.
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