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WALDO, Daniel, clergyman, born in Windham, Connecticut, 10 September, 1762; died in Syracuse, New York, 30 July, 1864. His early years were spent on his father's farm, and in 1778 he entered the Revolutionary army for a month's service during a time of imminent peril in New London. Afterward he enlisted as a volunteer in the service of the state. He was captured at the battle of Horseneck, and imprisoned in the sugar-house in New York, where he endured many hardships, but after two months he was exchanged, and then resumed his labors on the farm. After graduation at Yale in 1788 he studied theology, was licensed to preach by the association of Windham county, and from 1792 till 1809 was pastor of the Congregational church in West Suffolk, Connecticut, with the interval of a few months of missionary labor in Pennsylvania and New York. He then preached in Colchester, Salem, and Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, and went to Rhode Island to labor in the cause of education under the protection of the Society for promoting Christian knowledge. He was also pastor in Harvard, Massachusetts, and at Exeter, Rhode Island, where he labored twelve years, after which he retired. In 1855, at the age of ninety-three, he was made chaplain of the house of representatives. He was familiarly known as "Father Waldo," and is one of several undoubted centenarians mentioned in this work.
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