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COSSETT, Franeeway Ranna, clergyman, born in Claremont, New Hampshire, 24 April, 1790; died in Lebanon, Tennessee, 3 July, 1863. He was graduated at Middlebury in 1813, and, after teaching school for several years, studied theology, intending to take orders in the Protestant Episcopal church. Going to Tennessee, he became interested in the Cumberland Presbyterians, and was ordained by Anderson presbytery in 1822. He was first president of Cumberland College, Princeton, Kentucky, in 1825-'42, and of Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee, till 1847. Middlebury gave him the degree of D. D. in 1839. Dr. Cossett was the founder of the Nashville "Banner of Peace," and edited it from 1839 till 1850. He published "Life and Times of Ewing," containing a history of the early years of the Cumberland Presbyterian church.
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