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CAPES, Elmer Hewitt, educator, born in Slough-ton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, 5 April, 1838. He was graduated at Tufts in 1860, and elected to the legislature in 1859, while still in College. After spending a year in the Harvard law-school he was admitted to the Suffolk County bar in 1863 practising for a short time in Stoughton, Massachusetts, when he began the study of theology, He was ordained in Gloucester, Massachusetts, in 1865, as pastor of the independent Christian church, and remained there till 1869. After preaching a. year in St. Paul, Minn., he became in 1870 pastor of the 1st Universalist church of Providence, Rhode Island He was chosen president of Tufts College in 1875.
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