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EATON, George Washington, clergyman, born in Henderson, Huntington County, Pennsylvania, 3 July 1804" died in Hamilton, Madison County, New York, 3 August 1872. He was graduated from Union College in 1829, and from 1831 till 1833 was professor of ancient languages in Georgetown College, Kentucky, acting as president for six months. He was professor of mathematics and natural philosophy in Hamilton literary and theological institution, Hamilton, New York, and in 1837'50 filled the chair of ecclesiastical and civil history there. After the incorporation of the institution as Madison University Dr. Eaton was its president from 1850 till 1861, and at the same time professor of systematic theology. He was also professor for some years of intellectual and moral philosophy. From 1861 till 1871 he was president of Hamilton theological seminary and professor of homiletics. He received the honorary degrees of D. D. and LB. D. Dr. Eaton was early ordained to the Baptist ministry, and was a strikingly original and eloquent preacher.
His brother, Joseph Haywood Eaton, educator, born in Berlin, Delaware County, Ohio, 10 September 1812; died in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 12 January 1859, was graduated at Hamilton literary and theological institution in 1837. He was elected to a professorship in Union University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in 1841, and in 1847 became its president, continuing in that relation till his death. He was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1843, and was a preacher of uncommon ability. He had received the honorary degree of LL. D. Joseph Haywood's son, Thomas Treadwell, clergyman, born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 16 November 1845, was graduated at Washington College, Lexington, Virginia, in 1867, and has served as pastor of Baptist Churches in Lebanon and Chattanooga, Tennessee, Petersburg, Virginia, and Louisville, Kentucky. Besides haying written several pamphlets, Mr. Eaton is the author of "My Angels" (1874); " Sermons to Children" (1887); "Marriage and Law" (1887).
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