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DOW, Daniel, clergyman, born in Ashford, Connecticut, 19 February 1772; died in Thompson, Connecticut, 19 July 1849. He was graduated with honor at Yale in 1793, studied theology while teaching psalmody for a livelihood, and on 20 April 1796, was ordained pastor of the Congregational Church in Thompson, Conn. His discourses were never written, but were remarkable for their logical arrangement and clear and forcible style. He published "Familiar Letters to the Rev. John Sherman" (1806)" "The Pedobaptist Catechism" (1807); a "Dissertation on the Sinaitic and Abrahamic Covenants" (1811)" and "Free Inquiry Recommended on the Subject of Free Masonry" (1829).His son, Jesse Erskine, born in Thompson, Connecticut, 21 January 1809, went to sea with Commodore Elliott in 1835, as professor of mathematics, and later became clerk in the United States patent office in Washington, D.C. He has been a correspondent of various periodicals, and written frequently in prose and verse. His literary productions have not been collected.
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