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BINGHAM, Hiram, missionary, born in Bennington, Vermont, in 1789; died in New Haven, Connecticut, 11 November 1869. He was graduated at Middlebury College in 1816, and at Andover seminary in 1819, being ordained as a Congregational minister the same year. Having" a strong desire to carry the gospel to the Sandwich islands, he offered his services to the American board and received an appointment in 1819. He was stationed on the island of Oahu at Honolulu, which soon became the permanent seat of government, and the chief resort of whaling and other ships of the North Pacific. His labors for twenty years gave him a strong influence over the rulers of the islands. In 1841 he returned to the United States.
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