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FRY, Benjamin St. James, journalist, born in Rutledge, Granger County, Tennessee, 16 June 1824. He was educated at Woodward College, Cincinnati, began to contribute to the Cincinnati "Times" in 1840, and in 1844 was joint editor and publisher of the "Western Rambler." He became a clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1847, was president of Worthington College for young women in 1856'60, and in 1861'4 was chaplain of the 63d Ohio regiment. In 1872 he was elected editor of the St. Louis "Central Christian Advocate," and reelected in 1876, 1880, and 1884. In the last-named year he was a member of the Methodist ecumenical conference in London, England, and of the Baltimore Centennial conference, before which he read an essay on the "Methodist Press." Quincy College, Illinois, gave him the degree of D. D. in 1871. Dr. Fry has contributed to various periodicals, and published several Sunday School books, including lives of Bishops Whatcoat (New York, 1854), McKendree (1855), Roberts (1856), and George (1856); and "Property Consecrated," a prize essay (New York, 1856).
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