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BARNES, Daniel Henry, educator, born in Canaan, New York, 25 April 1785; died near Troy, New York, 27 October 1828. He was graduated at Union with high honors in 1809. After devoting some time to the study of Hebrew he was called to take charge of the academy in Poughkeepsie, and during the same year united with the Baptist Church. In 1813 he was licensed to preach, and in the following year became principal of an institution in Cincinnati, Ohio, which was expected to become a College. His health failed, and he returned to Schenectady and took charge of the classical school connected with Union College, where he remained for more than three years. Among his pupils were President Francis Wayland, Bishop Alonzo Potter, and Dr. Erskine Mason. For a time he was professor of languages in the Baptist theological seminary, New York, and then he opened an English and classical school in that City, with which he was eminently successful. In 1824 he was appointed associate principal of the New York high school for boys. He was chosen president of Waterville College, Maine, and later (in 1827) of Columbian College, Washington, District of Columbia, both of which he declined. In addition to his attainments as a classical scholar and philologist, he became eminent as a conchologist, as is shown by his papers in the "American Journal of Science and Arts." Of these, the most important are " Geological Section of the Canaan Mountain." "Memoir on the Genera Unio and Alasmodonta, ..... Five Species of Chiton," "Memoir on Batrachian Animals and Doubtful Reptiles," "On Magnetic Polarity," and "Reclamation of Unios." He also assisted Dr. Webster in the preparation of his dictionary. His death was the result of an accident.
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