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HUNTLEY, Elias Dewitt, clergyman, born in Elmira, New York, 19 April, 1840. He was graduated at Genesee in 1866, and in 1866 entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal church. In 1867 he was sent to Nunda circuit, after which he was for six months professor of ancient languages in Genesee Wesleyan seminary. He then was sent to Wisconsin, and, after serving as presiding elder of the Madison district, was president of Lawrence university from 1879 till 1883, when he resigned to become pastor of the Metropolitan church in Washington, D.C. In 1.883 he was transferred to the Baltimore conference, and also elected chaplain of the United States senate, which office he held till 1886. He was a delegate to the Ecumenical Methodist conference, which met in London, England, in 1881. He received the degree of D. D. from East Tennessee Wesleyan university in 1879, and from the Grant memorial university in 1886. In 1879 the University of Iowa gave him the degree of LL.D.
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