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RIPLEY, Henry Jones, clergyman, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 28 January, 1798; died in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, 21 May, 1875. From the Boston Latin-school, where he was a "medal scholar," he passed to Harvard, where he was graduated in 1816. On closing his course in Andover theological seminary, he was ordained to the Baptist ministry in Boston in November, 1819. The early years of his ministry were spent in preaching to the colored people of Georgia. In 1826 he was elected professor of biblical literature and pastoral duties in Newton theological institution, where he continued until his resignation in 1860. After his resignation he labored again for some time among the colored people of Georgia. He received the degree of D. D. from the University of Alabama in 1844 and from Harvard in 1845. Besides numerous articles for magazines and reviews, Dr. Ripley was the author of "Memoir of Reverend Thomas S. Winn" (Boston, 1824); " Christian Baptism" (1883) ; "Notes on the Four Gospels" (2 vols., 1837-'8) ; " Notes on the Acts of the Apostles" (1844) ; "Sacred Rhetoric " (1849); " Notes on the Epistle to the Romans" (1857) ; "Church Polity" (1867) ; and "Notes on the Epistle to the Hebrews" (1868).
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