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HATFIELD, Edwin Francis, clergyman, born in Elizabethtown, N. , 1., 9 January, 1807; died in Summit, New Jersey, 22 September, 1883. He was graduated at Middlebury college in 1829, studied theology at Andover seminary, and was ordained on 14 May, 1832. He was pastor of Presbyterian churches in St. Louis, Maine, and New York city. until failing health compelled his resignation in 1863. He then became special agent of the Union theological seminary, and raised a large sum for its endowment. From 1846 till 1870 he was stated clerk of the new school Presbyterian church; at the union of the new and old school churches, in 1870, he was re-elected to this office, and continued in it till he became moderator of the general assembly in 1883. He received the degree of D. D. from Marietta college in 1850. He left his library of more than 6,000 volumes to Union theological seminary. He published "Universalism as it Is" (New York, 1841); "Memoir of Elihu W. Baldwin" (1843); "St. Helena and the Cape of Good Hope" (1852); " History of Elizabeth, New Jersey" (1868); "The Church Hymn Book, with Tunes" (1872); "The New York Observer Year Book" (3 vols., 1871-'3); "Chapel Hymn Book" (1873); and a posthumous work, edited by his son, J. B. Taylor Hatfield, "Poets of the Church" (1884).
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