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CUMMINS, Francis, clergyman, born near Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, in 1732: died in Greensborough, Georgia, 22 February 1832. His early life was spent on a farm, and he received a collegiate education at " Queen's Museum," in Mecklenburg County, N. C., whither his family had removed in 1772. After graduation, he was a teacher in South Carolina and Georgia, numbering among his pupils many who subsequently became famous, including Senator William Smith and President Jackson. In 1775 he was an ardent patriot, was present at all of the Mecklenburg Whig meetings, and at the exciting scene during the reading of the celebrated Declaration in the Mecklenburg Courthouse. Meanwhile he studied theology under Rev. Dr. James Hall, and was ordained to preach by the presbytery of Orange in December 1780. Afterward he filled the office of pastor to twenty parishes in different localities in Georgia and the Carolinas. In 1778 he was a member of the South Carolina convention held to decide upon the constitution of the United States, and voted for its adoption. The University of .Georgia conferred upon him the degree of D. D. in 1820. He published sermons and political and scientific pamphlets.
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