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RAYMOND, Benjamin Wright, merchant, born in Rome, New York, 23 October, 1801; died in Chicago, Illinois, 5 April, 1883. His father, a native of Massachusetts, was for several years engaged in surveying the northern counties of New York, selected the site of Potsdam, lived there for several years, and was judge of the county. After serving as a clerk for several years, the son engaged in business for himself, first in Rome and next in Bloomfield, and in 1837 removed to Chicago and began business as a merchant. In 1839 he was elected the third mayor of Chicago, and he was re-elected in 1842. He was one of the originators of the city of Lake Forest, a founder of Lake Forest university and president of its board of trustees, and was a member of the board of trustees of Beloit college and Rockford female seminary. In 1864 he organized the Elgin national watch company, and became its president, . --His son, George Lansing, educator, born in Chicago, Illinois, 3 September, 1839, was graduated at Williams in 1862, studied theology at Princeton, and was pastor at Darby, Pennsylvania, in 1870-'4. He was professor of oratory at Williams in 1879-'81, and became professor of oratory and aesthetic criticism at Princeton in 1881. He is the author of "Orator's Manual" (Chicago, 1879) ; "Modern Fishers of Men," a novel (New York, 1879): " A Life in Song" (1886); " Poetry as a Representative Art" (1886); "Ballads of the Revolution, and other Poems" (1887) ; and "Sketches in Song" (1887).
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