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LYMAN, Henry, missionary, born in Northampton, Massachusetts, 23 November, 1809; died in the island of Sumatra, 28 June, 1834. He was graduated at Amherst in 1829, and at Andover theological seminary in 1832, ordained, 11 October, 1832, and sailed the following spring for Sumatra, being one of the first missionaries that were sent to the East Indian archipelago by the American board of commissioners for foreign missions. He had scarcely begun his work when, with his companion, Reverend Samuel Munson, he was murdered by the savage Battahs among whom he was laboring. Mr. Lyman compiled a tract entitled "Condition and Character of Females in Pagan and Mohammedan Countries" (Boston, 1832; reprinted by the American tract society, 1834). See "Memoir of Henry Lyman," by his sister (New York, 1857).--His sister, Hannah Willard, educator, born in Northampton, Massachusetts, in 1816; died in Poughkeepsie, New York, 21 February, 1871, received a thorough education, began life early as a teacher, and soon attained a high reputation. Prior to 1865 she had been for many years known as a successful and thorough educator in Montreal, Canada. She left that city six years before her death to become vice-principal of Vassar college, and to assist in its organization. She remained at her post till her health gave way shortly before her death. Miss Lyman published a memoir of her brother, which is mentioned above. LYMAN, Joseph, clergyman, born in Lebanon, Connecticut, 14 April, 1749; died in Hatfield, Massachusetts 27 March, 1828. He was graduated at Yale in 1767, served as tutor there in 1770-'1, studied theology, and on 4 March, 1772, was ordained pastor of the Congregational church in Hatfield, Massachusetts, where he remained until his death. He received the degree of D.D. from Williams in 1801. Dr. Lyman was one of the earliest patrons of the Hampshire missionary society, and in 1812 was chosen its president. He was also, from the beginning, a member of the American board of commissioners for foreign missions, its vice-president in 1819, and its president in 1823. He was outspoken in his earnest patriotism during the Revolutionary war, and offended many of his congregation by this course. In 1826 he was given an assistant. Dr. Lyman published seventeen occasional sermons (1774-1821).
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