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GRIFFIN, Edward Dorr, clergyman, born in East Haddam, Connecticut, 6 January 1770; died in Newark, New Jersey, 8 November. 1837. He was graduated at Yale in 1790, and studied theology under Jonathan Edwards, of New Haven, who was subsequently president of Union College. He was licensed as a preacher in October, 1792, and in January, 1793, began his ministerial work at New Salem, Connecticut In June, 1795, Mr. Griffin was ordained pastor of the Congregational Church at New Hartford, and afterward held pastorates at Newark, New Jersey, and Boston, Massachusetts. Union College gave him the degree of D. D, in 1808, and he became professor of rhetoric in the recently established Andover theological seminary, 21 June, 1809, which chair he filled until 1811. In 1821 he was chosen president of Williams, and remained there till 1836. He was an eloquent and popular preacher, and published " Lectures delivered in Park Street Church, Boston " (Boston, 1813), and "Sixty Sermons on Practical Subjects " (New York, 1844). A selection from his works, with a memoir of the author by Reverend William B. Sprague, D. D., was published after his death (2 vols.. 1839). See also " Recollections of Reverend E. D. Griffin," by Parsons Cooke (1856).--His brother, George, lawyer, born in East Haddam, Connecticut, 14 January 1778; died in New York City, 6 May, 1860, was graduated at Yale in 1797, studied in the Litchfield law-school, and was admitted to the bar in 1799. He practiced in Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania, for six years, and subsequently in New York City. He is the author of " Sufferings of Our Saviour," "Evidences of Christianity," and " The Gospel its Own Advocate" (New York, 1850).--George's son, Edmund ])orr, scholar, born in Wyoming, Pennsylvania, 10 September, 1804: died in New York, 1 September, 1830, was graduated at Columbia in 1823. He studied law in his father's office for a short time, then studied divinity, and was ordained a deacon in the Protestant Episcopal Church in August, 1826. Soon afterward he became assistant minister of St. James's Church, Hamilton Square, near New York City, and a little later acted in the same capacity in Christ Church, New York City, but was soon forced by failing health to abandon his charge. He sailed for Europe in October, 1828, and returned to New York in April, 1830. In the following Nay and June he delivered a course of lectures upon Roman, Italian, and English literature in Columbia. His brother Francis published his "Remains," with a memoir by Reverend John MacVicar (1831).
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