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LEFFINGWELL, Charles Wesley, clergyman, born in Ellington, Connecticut, 5 December, 1840. He entered Union college in 1857, and studied there for two years. During 1859-'60 he was principal of Galveston academy, Texas. He then entered Knox college, Galesburg, Illinois, and was graduated in 1862. He was vice principal of the military school at Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1862-'5. studied theology at Nashotah theological seminary, Wisconsin, and after his graduation in 1867 was for a brief period tutor there, he then took orders in the Episcopal church, and was assistant minister in St. James's church, Chicago, Illinois, in 1868. Soon afterward he founded and became rector of St. Mary's school, Knoxville, Illinois He received the degree of D.D. from Knox college in 1875. Dr. Leffingwell has been president of the standing committee of the diocese of Quincy, and was editor of the diocese and province in 1875-'9. Since 1879 he has devoted himself earnestly to journalism in the interests of his church, and is editor of a weekly paper, "The Living Church." In addition to his work as editor, he has prepared a "Reading Book of English Classics for Young People" (1879).
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