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0SBORN, Ethan, clergyman, born in Litchfield, Connecticut, 21 August, 1758; died in Fairton, Cumberland County, New Jersey, 1 May, 1858. At the age of eighteen he volunteered during the second year of the Revolutionary war, and served under the immediate command of General Washington in the retreat of the American army through New Jersey. After being graduated at Dartmouth in 1784, he studied theology, was licensed to preach in 1786, and ordained, 3 December, 1789, as pastor of the " Old Stone Church" at Fairfield, New Jersey. His long pastorate of fifty-four years was unmarked save by several extensive revivals. His sermons were plain, practical, solemn, and earnest, His last discourse, as he preached occasionally after his pastoral connection had been dissolved, was delivered in 1855, in his ninety-seventh year, although he was able to speak briefly on 24 January, 1858, being then ninety-nine years anal five months old. During his ministry more than 600 communicants were admitted to his church, 1,000 couples were married, and 1,500 persons buried. "The singular goodness, beauty, wisdom, uprightness, fruitfulness, and continuance of his career," said a speaker at the bi-centennial celebration of the "Old Stone Church," "has no parallel, perhaps, in the annals of the American pulpit."
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