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LYMAN, David Belden, missionary, born in New Hartford, Connecticut, 28 July, 1803 ; died in Hilo, Hawaiian islands, 4 October, 1884. He was graduated at Williams in 1828. studied theology at Andover, and was ordained in Hanover, New Hampshire--On 3 November, 1831, he married Sarah Joiner, of Royalton, Vermont, born there, 29 November, 1805 ; died in Hilo, 6 December, 1885, and the next day they joined at Boston a party of nineteen missionaries that were about to sail for the Hawaiian islands. Arriving there in May of the following year, Mr. and Mrs. Lyman were assigned to the station at Hilo, then one of the remotest of the group, but now a beautiful and thriving town. Even before Mr. Lyman had entirely mastered the language he was placed in charge of the Hilo church and of its outlying dependencies. Here he preached, taught, and travelled incessantly, and with the most promising results. In 1836 two co-laborers, Titus and Fidelia Coan (q. v.), arrived, and the growing pastoral work was assigned to the former, while Mr. Lyman established an academy for young men, in which he was aided by his wife. A farm was cultivated under Mr. Lyman's supervision, and the pupils were thus supplied with food mainly through their own labor. Mr. Lyman continued his work until failing strength compelled him in 1873 to give up the charge of the school to younger hands. His entire career as a missionary covered a period of fifty-two years, unbroken by any vacation or by any absence from his field of labor other than that required by attendance at missionary meetings at Honolulu.--His son, Henry Mun-son, physician, born in Hilo, Hawaiian islands, 26 November, 1835, was graduated at Williams in 1858, and at the New York college of physicians and surgeons in 1861. He was house-surgeon in Belle-rue hospital, New York city, in 1861-'2. During the latter year he volunteered in the National army as acting assistant surgeon, serving as such in the military hospitals at Nashville, Tennessee, and in 1863 resigned and began practice in Chicago, where he has since resided, paying especial attention to diseases of the nervous system. From 1870 till 1875 he was professor of chemistry in Rush medical college, Chicago, and since 1875 has been professor of physiology and of nervous diseases in the same institution. During the latter period he has also occupied the chair of the theory and practice of medicine in the Chicago women's medical college. Dr. Lyman is a member of various professional associations, and has published "Anaesthesia and Anaesthetics" (New York, 1881) and " Insomnia and Other Disorders of Sleep" (Chicago, 1885).
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