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BURGESS, Ebenezer, clergyman, born in Ware-ham, Massachusetts, 1 April, 1790; died in Dedham, 5 December, 1870. He was graduated at Brown in 1809, and was a tutor there from 1811 till 1813. He then entered Andover theological seminary, was graduated there in 1815, and was professor of mathematics and natural philosophy in the University of Vermont from 1815 till 1817. He was the agent of the American colonization society in Africa from 1817-'18, assisted in founding the colony of Liberia, and in 1818-'19 was the society's agent in the United States. He was acting pastor of the first Congregational church in Dedham, Massachusetts, in 1820-'1, was ordained its pastor in March of the latter year, and remained there till his death. He published "The Dedham Pulpit" (1846), and The Burgess Genealogy " (1865).
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