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BULFINCH, Charles, architect, born 8 August, 1763; died in Boston, 15 April, 1844. He was a son of Dr. Thomas Bulfineh, an eminent physician, who attempted to establish a small-pox hospital in Boston in 1763, was graduated at Harvard in 1781, and acquired, by travel in Europe, a knowledge of architecture. On his return from Europe in 1786, he devoted himself to architecture as a profession. In 1793 he built the first theatre in Boston. He drew the plans for the state-house and city-hal1 in Boston, for the capitol at Washington, for Faneuil hall, and designed as many as forty churches and other buildings in New England cities. He was the architect of the national capitol from 1817 until it was completed in 1830.--His son, Stephen Greenleaf, clergyman, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 18 June, 1809; died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 12 October, 1870. He accompanied his father to Washington at the age of nine, and was graduated at Columbian College in 1826. After studying at the Cambridge divinity school, he was, from 1830 till 1837, a Unitarian clergyman at Augusta, Georgia He taught school and preached in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. and was similarly engaged in Washington, District of Columbia, for six years. In 1845 he was settled in Nashua, New Hampshire, and in 1852 removed to Boston. He published "Contemplations of the Saviour" (Boston, 1832); a volume of "Poems" (Charleston, 1834); "The Holy Land and its Inhabitants" (Boston, 1834); "Lays of the Gospel" (1835); "Communion Thoughts" (1852); "The Harp and the Cross" (1857); "Honor, or the Slave Dealer's Daughter" (1864); "Manual of the Evidences of Christianity" (1866); and "Studies in the Evidences of Christianity" (1869). He was a contributor to the collection of Unitarian hymns.
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