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DODD, Edward Mills, missionary, born in Bloomfield, New Jersey, 22 June 1824; died in Marsovan, Turkey, in the autumn of 1865. After receiving a common school education, he became a clerk in his native place in 1839. He was converted, and resolved upon entering the Presbyterian ministry. With this in view he began a preparatory course of study, and in 1844 was graduated at Princeton. After devoting one year to private teaching in Virginia, and spending three years in the Union theological seminary of New York as a student, he was licensed to preach by the Newark presbytery, and ordained in 1848. He sailed from Boston for Smyrna in 1849, representing the American board on a mission to the Jews at Salonica. Because of the failure of his health three years later, he returned to the United States, but on his recovery again sailed for Smyrna, and from September 1855, continued his labors among the Armenians for eight years. With special reference to the mission school for girls, he was transferred from Smyrna to Marsovan. Its organization was delayed till the summer of 1865, and meanwhile 3Ir. Dodd supervised its construction, and actively shared the missionary work of that vicinity. His sudden death by cholera occurred two months after the opening of the school. The Turkish and Hebrew tongues were familiar to him, and he had contributed largely to the Turkish hymnbook.
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