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HOLCOMBE, Henry, clergyman, born in Prince Edward county, Virginia, 22 September, 1762; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 22 May, 1826. After serving as a captain in the Revolutionary army, he began to preach, and in 1785 was ordained pastor of a Baptist church in Pike Creek, South Carolina. He was a delegate to the South Carolina convention that ratified the constitution of the United States. In 1791 he became pastor of the Baptist churches in Eutah, May River, and St. Helena, was afterward in Beaufort, South Carolina, and in 1799 accepted a call to Savannah, Georgia. There he organized the Savannah female seminary, and conducted the " Georgia Analytical Repository." He was also instrumental in establishing Mount Enon academy in 1804, and a missionary society in 1806. From 1812 till his death he was pastor of the 1st Baptist church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania He received the degree of D. D. from Brown in 1810. He published a "Funeral Discourse on the Death of Washington," and a volume of "Lectures on Primitive Theology" (Philadelphia, 1822).
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