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ROGERS, Ezekiel, clergyman, born in Wethersfield, Essex, England, in 1590; died in Rowley, Massachusetts, 23 January, 1660. He was graduated at Cambridge, England, in 1604, and became chaplain to Sir Francis Barrington, who bestowed on him the benefice of Rowley in Yorkshire. He exercised his ministry there for about twenty years, when he was silenced for non-conformity, and in 1638 came with many of his Yorkshire friends to this country. He was urged to settle in New Haven, but preferred to begin a new plantation, which he named Rowley. He was ordained in December, 1639, and attained great reputation as a preacher. In 1643 he delivered a sermon on election that, according to Cotton Mather, made him "famous through the country." It advocated that the same man should not be chosen chief magistrate for two successive years; but, in spite of his efforts, Governor John Winthrop was re-elected. The demands upon his time were so great that he soon received an assistant. He bequeathed his library to Harvard college, and his house and lands to the town of Rowley.
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