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KIDDER, Daniel Parish, clergyman, born in Darien, Genesee County, New York, 18 October, 1815. He was graduated at Wesleyan university in 1836, entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal church, and was stationed at Rochester, New York In 1837 he went as missionary to Brazil, and during 1839 he traversed the eastern coast from San Paolo to Para. He introduced and circulated the Scriptures in Portuguese in the principal cities of the empire, and preached the first Protestant sermon on the waters of the Amazon. He returned to the United States in 1840. and was stationed in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1841 and in Trenton in 1843. In 1844 he was appointed official editor of Sunday school publications and tracts in charge of the Methodist book concern, which post he held for twelve years, organizing the conference Sunday school unions, conventions, and institutes, editing the " Sunday school Advocate" and more than 800 books, and preparing the standard catechisms of the church. He was professor of practical theology in Garrett biblical institute, Evanston, Illinois, from 1856 till 1871, when he was called to a similar chair in Drew theological seminary, Madison, New Jersey From 1881 till 1887 he was secretary of the board of education. His publications are "Mormonism and the Mormons " (New York, 1842); a translation from the Portuguese of Diego A. Feijo, entitled " Demonstration of the Necessity of abolishing a Constrained Clerical Celibacy" (Philadelphia, 1844); "Sketches of a Residence and Travels in Brazil " (2 vols., New York, 1845; 2d ed., London, 1849; 8th ed., Boston, 1868); "Brazil and the Brazilians," with Reverend James C. Fletcher (Philadelphia, 1857; 6th ed., Boston, 1866); "Treatise on Itomi-letics" (New York, 1864; revised ed., 1868); "The Christian Pastorate" (Cincinnati, 1871); and "Helps to Prayer" (New York, 1874).
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