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HEPWORTH, George Hughes, clergyman, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 4 February, 1833. He studied theology at Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he was graduated in 1855. His first pastorate was in the Unitarian congregation at Nantucket, Massachusetts, from 1855 till 1857. In 1858 he became pastor of the Church of the Unity, Boston, with which he remained connected until 1870. In 1862 he took temporary leave of his church, serving at first as chaplain with the 47th Massachusetts regiment in Louisiana. in 1863 he was transferred to the staff of General Banks, and at the end of that year returned to his congregation in Boston. In 1870 Mr. Hepworth left the Church of the Unity and spent part of the year in Cambridge as a resident graduate, at the same time preaching on Sunday evenings in the Boston theatres. In 1870 he was invited to fill the pulpit of the Church of the Messiah, New York city. Here he remained nearly two years, but in the autumn of 1872 delivered a farewell sermon, in which he declared himself a believer in the divinity of Christ. He then formed a new Presbyterian congregation, the Church of the Disciples, and continued for several years with his followers. Subsequently Mr. Hepworth ministered to different congregations in New Jersey. He has recently left the pulpit, and is now (1887) a journalist connected with the "New York Herald." His published works include "Whip, Sword, and Hoe" (Boston, 1864); "The Little Gentleman in Green" (1865); "Rocks and Shoals" (1870); "Lectures to Young Men" (1870); "Christ and his Church" (New York, 1872); "Starboard and Port" (1876); and a story that has for its title three ex-clamation-marks, "!!!" (New York, 1885).
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