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BURROWES, George, educator, born in Trenton, New Jersey, 3 April, 1811. He was graduated at Princeton in 1832, and took a three years' course in the theological seminary there, also acting as tutor in the College from 1834 till 1835. He was ordained by New Castle presbytery, 13 December, 1836, preached at West Nottingham, Maryland, from 1836 till 1850, and for the next five years was professor of Latin and Greek at Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania He preached at Newton, Pennsylvania, from 1857 till 1859, when he removed to San Francisco, California, and was the founder there of City College, now University College. He began this work under the direction of the Presbyterian board of education in November, 1859, with four pupils and not a dollar of property. When he left, on account of broken health, in 1865, the institution numbered 200 pupils and ten teachers and owned property valued at $200,000. He was again professor in Lafayette College from 1865 till 1869, when he returned to California and established a large school at University Mound, three miles from San Francisco, remaining its principal till 1873. He became professor of Hebrew at the Presbyterian theological seminary, San Francisco, in 1872, and in 1875 was given the chair of Greek exegesis. Washington College, Pennsylvania, gave him the degree of D.D. in 1853. He has contributed to periodical literature, and has published a "Commentary on the Song of Solomon" (Philadelphia, 1853); "Octorara, a Poem, and Occasional Pieces" (1855); and "Advanced Growth in Grace" (San Francisco, 1885).
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