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SAMPSON, Ezra, clergyman, born in Middle-borough, Massachusetts, 12 February, 1749 ; died in New York city, 12 December, 1828. He was graduated at Yale in 1778, studied theology, and was settled in Plympton, Massachusetts, on 15 February, 1775. In that year he officiated as chaplain in the camp at Roxbury, and by his vigorous discourses encouraged the patriotic determination of the militia. He retained his charge until, at the end of twenty years, his voice failed, when he resigned, removed to Hudson, New York, soon afterward, and, in company with Harry Croswell, began the publication in 1801 of the "Balance," from which he withdrew in 1808. He was editor of the "Connecticut Courant" at Hartford in 1804, and continued to write for the paper till 1817. In 1814 he was appointed a judge of Columbia county, New York, but he soon resigned. He published "Sermon before Colonel Cotton's Regiment" (1775); " Thanksgiving Discourse" (1795) ; "The Beauties of the Bible" (1802); "The Sham Patriot Unmasked " (1803) ; "Historical Dictionary" (1804) ; and "The Brief Remarks on the Ways of Man," a collection of moral essays originally published in the "Courant" (1817; new ed., 1855).
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