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PORTER, Eliphalet, clergyman, born in North Bridgewater, Massachusetts, 11 June, 1758; died in Roxbury, Massachusetts, 7 December, 1833. His father, John (1715-1802), was graduated at Harvard in 1736, was pastor of the 1st Congregational church of North Bridgewater from 1740 till his death, and published several controversial pamphlets in defence of Calvinism. The son was graduated at Harvard in 1777, studied theology with his father, and was ordained over the Congregational society of Roxbury on 2 October, 1782, where he continued until his death. In 1830 Reverend George Putnam was associated with him in his pastorate. He was a member of the Academy of arts and sciences, an overseer of Harvard and a member of its corporation, an original trustee of the Massachusetts Bible society, and a founder of the State temperance society. Harvard gave him the degree of D. D. in 1807. He published several sermons, and a " Eulogy on Washington " (1800).
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