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MALCOM, Howard, clergyman, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19 January, 1799; died there, 25 March, 1879. He was graduated at Dickinson in 1818, and at Princeton theological seminary in 1821, and held pastorates in Hudson, New York, and Boston, Massachusetts, from 1839 till 1849 he was president of the college in Georgetown, Kentucky, and from 1851 till 1858 of the University of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, having abandoned preaching from failure of the voice. He filled in both institutions the chair of metaphysics and moral philosophy. He then removed to Philadelphia, where he was president of Hahnemann medical college from 1874 till 1879. The degree of D. D. was conferred on him by the University of Vermont and Union college, New York, in 1841, and that of LL. D. by Lewisburg in 1858. He was a founder of the American tract society, of which he was vice-president, president of the American Baptist historical society, honorary president of the American peace society, and an active member of the American Sunday-school union, visiting nearly every city in the United States in its behalf. In 1835 he was sent to inspect Baptist missions in India, Burmah, Siam, and China. He was the author of "Dictionary of the Bible" (Boston, 1828) ; "Nature and Extent of the Atonement" (1829); "Christian Rule of Marriage " (1830); "Travels in Southeastern Asia" (2 vols., 1839); an " Index to Religious Literature" (Philadelphia, 1869); and several pamphlets, and edited "Hymns for the Conference" (Hudson, 1822), and various standard religious works.--His son, Thomas Shields, clergyman, born in Hudson, New York, 23 March, 1821: died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 5 January, 1886, was graduated at Brown in 1839, studied in Princeton theological seminary, and in 1841 was licensed to preach. He then went to Kentucky, and on 8 July, 1842, was ordained pastor of a Baptist church in Louisville, but in 1846 he went to Philadelphia, as corresponding secretary of the American Baptist publication society. In 1866 he became secretary of the Pennsylvania colonization society, and he served as such until about 1877. Mr. Malcom was a constant contributor to the secular and religious press, but his only publication was a tract entitled "One Honest Effort," which has appeared in eight different languages and of which several million copies have been circulated (New York, 1851). Mr. Malcom was a man of rare scholarly attainments, and no benevolent enterprise or good work that he touched failed to derive additional strength and influence from his exertions.
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