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HIBBARD, Freeborn Garretson, clergyman, born in New Rochelle, New York, 22 February, 1811. His father, Reverend Billy Hibbard, was a well-known clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal church. The son entered the ministry of the same church in the New York conference at the age of eighteen, before he had completed his college course, and continued in this work, chiefly in western New York, from 1830 till 1856, when he was elected editor of the "Northern Christian Advocate," printed in Auburn, New York In 1860 he resumed the pastorate, and became presiding elder of the Geneva district. Dr. Hibbard's principal works are "Christian Baptism, its Subjects, and its Import, Mode, Efficacy, and Relative Order " (New York, 1845); "Geography and History of Palestine" (1851);" The Psalms, Chronologically Arranged, with Historical Introductions, and a General Introduction to the Whole Book" (1856); and "The Religion of Childhood, or Children in their Relation to Native Depravity, to the Atonement, to the Family, and to the Church" (1864). He has also edited the "Sermons" (1869) and " Works" (1872), and published a "Biography" of Bishop Leonidas L. Hamline (1880). The "Commentary on the Psalm" (1882) in the Whedon series of "Commentaries on the Old Testament" was written by him. He also published a " History of the late East Genesee Conference" (1887).
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