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POOR, Daniel, missionary, born in Danvers, Essex County, Massachusetts, 27 June, 1789 ; died in Manepy, Ceylon, 3 February, 1855. He was graduated at Dartmouth in 1811, and at Andover theological seminary in 1814. He was ordained in the Presbyterian church at Newburyport, Massachusetts, in June, 1815, and in the following October sailed with his wife and four other missionaries for Ceylon, where he arrived in March, 1816, and organized a mission-school. He went to Matura, southern India, in 1836, organized thirty-seven schools, which he visited in succession, and frequently addressed from horse-back crowds of adult natives. Impaired health compelled his return to the United States in 1849, where he spent two years in addressing meetings on missionary work. Returning to Ceylon in 1851, he settled at Manepy, and labored incessantly until an epidemic of cholera terminated his labors. Dr. Poor took high rank as a scholar, and he was peculiarly qualified to labor among the religious sects of India and Ceylon. He was given the degree of D. D. by Dartmouth in 1835. He published numerous religious, temperance, and other tracts in the Tamil and English languages, and was a contributor to the "Bibliotheca Sacra."--His son, Daniel Warren, clergyman, born in Tillipally, Ceylon, 21 August, 1818, was graduated at Amherst in 1887, and at Andover theological seminary in 1842. He was pastor of Presbyterian churches at Fairhaven, Massachusetts, in 1843-'g, Newark, New Jersey, in 1849-'69, and Oakland, California, in 1869-'72. In 1871 he was appointed professor of ecclesiastical history and church government in San Francisco theological seminary, and he held the chair until 1876, when he became corresponding secretary of the Presbyterian board of education at Philadelphia. Dr. Poor organized the church of which he was pastor in Newark, and was also instrumental in building up three German churches within the bounds of his presbytery, and in organizing one in Philadelphia. He was also active in founding the German theological school at Bloomfield, New Jersey He received the degree of D. D. from Princeton in 1857. Besides occasional sermons and pamphlets, he has published " Select Discourses from the French and German," with Reverend Henry C. Fish (New York, 1858), and, with Reverend Conway P. Wing, " The Epistles to the Corinthians," from the German of Lange (1868).
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