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HAVEN, Erastus Otis, M. E. bishop, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 1 November, 1820; died in Salem, Oregon, in August, 1881. He was graduated at Wesleyan university in 1842, and afterward had charge of a private academy at Sudbury, Massachusetts, at the same time pursuing a course of theological and general study. He became principal of Amenia seminary, New York, in 1846, and in 1848 entered the Methodist ministry in the New York conference. Five years later he accepted the professorship of Latin in Michigan university, which he exchanged the next year for the chair of English language, literature, and history. He resigned in 1856, and returned to Boston, where he was editor of "Zion's Herald" for seven years, during which period he served two terms in the state senate, and a part of the time was an overseer of Harvard university. In 1863 he was called to the presidency of Michigan university, which place he occupied for six years. He then became president of Northwestern university, Evanston, Illinois, and in 1872 was chosen secretary of the board of education of the Methodist Episcopal church, which place he resigned in 1874 to become chancellor of Syracuse university, New York In May, 1880, he was elected and ordained a bishop. Bishop Haven was a man of great versatility of talent. As a preacher he was able and earnest--didactic and hortatory rather than oratorical; he was judicious and successful as an administrator, but wearied among the details of preceptoral duties. His religious convictions were positive and controlling in all his life, and while ardently devoted to his own denomination, he was also broadly and generously catholic toward all other Christian bodies. He was given the degree of D. D. by Union college in 1854, and a few years later that of LL.D. by Ohio Wesleyan university. He served five times in the general conference, and in 1879 visited Great Britain as delegate of the Methodist Episcopal church to the parent Wesleyan body. He wrote largely for the periodical press, and also published "American Progress"; "The Young Man Advised," made up from discourses delivered in the chapel of Michigan university (New York, 1855); "Pillars of Truth," a work on the evidences of Christianity (1866); and a treatise on "Rhetoric."
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