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RICE, Edwin Wilbur, clergyman, born in Kings-borough, New York, 24 July, 183.1. He was graduated at Union college in 1854, studied law for one year, and then theology in Union theological seminary, New York city, taught in 1857-'8, and became a missionary of the American Sunday-school union in 1859, receiving ordination as a Congregational minister m 1860. ]n 1864 he was made superintendent of the society's missions at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and in 1871 he became assistant secretary of missions and assistant editor of the periodicals of the union in Philadelphia. Since 1879 he has been editor of its periodicals and publications. The degree of D.D. was conferred on him by Union college in 1884. Dr. Rice conceived the idea of the series of lesson-papers that have been issued regularly since 1872, and edited all of these papers. He has also prepared since 1874 the "Scholar's Handbooks on the International Lessons," of which twenty-seven volumes have appeared down to 1888, and several have been translated into Dutch, Italian, Greek, and other languages. He has since 1871 edited the "Sunday-School World" and the "Youth's World," and since 1875 the " Union Companion" and "Quarterly." He contributed the geographical and topographical articles to Philip Schaff's "Bible Dictionary" (Philadelphia, 1880), and edited Kennedy's "Four Gospels" (1881) and Paxton Hood's "Great Revival of the Eighteenth Century" (1882). His independent publications are "Pictorial Commentary on Mark" (1881); "Historical Sketch of Sunday-Schools" (1886); "People's Commentary on Matthew" (1887); " People's Lesson-Book on Matthew"; and "Stories of Great Painters" (1888).
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