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HERRICK, Edward Claudius, scientist, born in New Haven, Connecticut, 24 February, 1811; died there, 11 June, 1862. He received an academical education, became a bookseller in New Haven, and in 1843 was appointed librarian of Yale college. In 1852 he became treasurer of the college, and in 1858 resigned the post of librarian. After the death of Professor James L. Kingsley in 1852, he took charge of the preparation of the triennial catalogue, and the annual obituary records. He also had supervision of the college property. Aside from his duties in the college he took an active part in municipal politics, and filled various offices. He devoted himself with enthusiasm to the sciences of astronomy and meteorology, and made important discoveries, especially in relation to the periodical occurrence of meteoric showers. He published in the "American Journal of Science" the results of his observations in these branches, notably papers on the meteoric showers of August, and on the existence of a planet between Mercury and the sun; also papers on entomological subjects, one of which, treating of the Hessian fly and its parasites, was the fruit of nine years of patient investigation. There is a stained-glass window to his memory in the Battell chapel of Yale.
--John Russell Herrick
HERRICK, John Russell, clergyman, born in Milton, Vermont, 12 May, 1822. He was graduated at the University of Vermont in 1847, studied theology at Andover seminary for two years, and at the theological seminary in Auburn, New York, where he was graduated in 1852. He was pastor of a Congregationalist church at Malone, New York, from 1854 till 1867, when he became professor of systematic theology at Bangor, Maine In 1874 he returned to the pastorate, taking charge of a church in South Hadley, Massachusetts In 1880 Dr. Herrick became president of Pacific university at Forest Grove, Oregon, and in 1883 of the recently founded Dakota university in Vermillion, Dakota. He has contributed articles on theological and philosophical subjects to reviews, and published a volume of Boston lectures on " Positivism" (Boston, 1870).
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