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HOYT, Benjamin Thomas, educator, born in Boston, 18 October, 1820; died in Greencastle, Indiana, 24 May, 1867. He was graduated at Wesleyan seminary, Middletown, Connecticut, in 1846, and was principal of the high school there from 1846 till 1849, and of Chelsea, Massachusetts, from 1849 till 1852, when he became principal of the institute of Lawrenceburg, where he remained till 1856. He was then appointed principal of Indiana female college, in which he also taught mental and moral science, and remained till 1858. when he was professor of Latin in Indiana Asbury university till 1863, and then of literature and history in the same college till his death. He rendered great service to the cause of education in Indiana as superintendent of schools, president of the State teachers' association, and editor of the "Indiana School Journal." --His brother, Francis Southack, clergyman, born in Lyndon, Vermont, 5 November, 1822, was graduated at Wesleyan in 1844. From 1854 till 1860 he was president of Willamette university, Salem, Oregon, and from 1865 till 1872 was professor of biblical theology and literature in Ohio Wesleyan university. In 1872-'81 he edited the "Western Christian Advocate." He was a delegate to the general conferences of the Methodist Episcopal church in 1860, '76, '80, and '84, and since 1884 has held the office of presiding elder. He has edited a revised edition of Angus's "Bible Hand Book."--Another brother, Albert Harrison, editor, born in Sandwich, New Hampshire, 6 December, 1826, was graduated at Wesleyan in 1850, and studied law in Portsmouth, New Hampshire In 1852-'3 he was commissioner of common schools for Rockingham county, New Hampshire, and from 1853 till 1856 clerk of the state court. In 1856 he was admitted to the bar, and practised law in Portsmouth till 1862, during which time he served as city solicitor and president of the common council. He was a paymaster in the army in 1862-'6, with the rank of major, and was brevetted lieutenant-colonel in 1865. Since 1866 he has resided principally in Boston, where he has been engaged in business and literary pursuits. He edited the "New England Historical and Genealogical Register" from 1868 till 1876, and the fourth volume of the "Memorial Biographies" published by the New England historic-genealogical society (Boston, 1885). He has also published numerous papers on historical and genealogical subjects, among which are "Necrology of the New England Colleges" (1869-'70); "Captain Francis Goelet's Journal of his Visit to Boston, Salem, etc., in 1745-'50" (1870); "Letters of Sir William Pepperrell, Bart." (1874); "History of the New England Historical and Genealogical Register" and "Notes, Historical and Bibliographical, on the Laws of New Hampshire" (1876); and "The Name Columbia" (1886).
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