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GILES, Chauncey, clergyman, born in Charlemont, Massachusetts, 11 May, 1813. He was educated at Williams, but failing health compelled him to leave during his junior year. Subsequently he was engaged in teaching, and continued so occupied until 1853, when he became a clergyman of the Church of the New Jerusalem. For ten years he preached in Cincinnati, then for fifteen years in New York, after which he became pastor of the first New Jerusalem society in Philadelphia. In 1863 he was consecrated to the office of ordaining minister, corresponding to bishop in other Churches, and in 1875 was elected president of the general convention of the Church of the New Jerusalem in the United States. This office, the highest in the gift of his Church, he has since held by annual reelection. During his residence in New York ha edited the "Children's New Church Magazine "for four years, and the "New Church Messenger" for six years. He has published about two hundred discourses as tracts, many of which have been translated into French, German, and Italian. His other publications include" Man as a Spiritual Being," which has been translated into French, German, Norwegian, and Swedish (New York, 1868); " Stories for Children" (1868-'70); "The Incarnation" (1870); "Heavenly Blessedness" (London, 1872)" "The Second Coming of the Lord" (Philadelphia, 1879)" " Perfect Prayer" (1880); and "Valley of Diamonds" (London, 1881).
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