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PARSONS, David, clergyman, born in Amherst, New Hampshire, 28 January, 1749; died in Wethersfield, Connecticut, 18 May, 1823. He was graduated at Harvard in 1771, and licensed to preach, and was pastor of the Congregational church in Amherst, New Hampshire, from 1782 till 1819, declining the chair of divinity in Yale in 1795. Brown gave him the degree of D. D. in 1800. He was an accomplished scholar, and successfully prepared students for college. He gave the land on which Amherst is built, and largely contributed to the establishment of that institution. He published the "Annual Election Sermon " before the Massachusetts legislature (1788) and an " Ordination Sermon " (1795).
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