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HOOKER, Herman, author, born in Poultney, Vermont, in 1804; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 25 July, 1865. He was graduated at Middlebury college in 1825, studied at Princeton theological seminary in 1825-'7, and was licensed to preach as a Presbyterian, but subsequently took orders in the Protestant Episcopal church. Failing health compelled him to retire from the ministry, and he became a bookseller in Philadelphia, also devoting himself to literature. He made Nashotah seminary a residuary legatee, and that institution thus received about $10,000 at his death. His principal works are "The Portion of the Soul" (Philadelphia, 1835); "Popular infidelity" (1836); "Family Book of Devotion" (1836): "The Uses of Adversity and the Provisions of Consolation" (1846): "Thoughts and Maxims" (1847); and "The Christian Life a Fight of Faith" (1848), and also contributed to various periodicals.
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