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YALE, Elisha, clergyman, born in Lee, Massachusetts, 15 June, 1780; died in Kingsborough, New York, 9 January, 1853. He was brought up on a farm, taught school in Richmond, Massachusetts, in 1798-'9, and in Lenox in 1800, studied theology, and in 1803 was licensed to preach by the North association of Hartford county. He became pastor of the Presbyterian church at Kingsborough, New York, in 1804, anal retained this charge till his resignation, 23 June, 1852. He published "Select Verse System, for the Use of Individuals, Families, and Schools " (Rochester, 1853), and single sermons and articles in periodicals, and left in manuscript a "Review of a Pastorate of Forty-eight Years" and " Helps to cultivate the Conscience."
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