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CONDICT, Ira, clergyman, born in Orange, New Jersey, 21 February, 1764 ; died in New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1 June, 1811. He was the son of a farmer, was graduated at Princeton in 1784, and afterward taught at Monmouth, New Jersey, at the same time pursuing a course of theological study. He was licensed to preach by the presbytery of New Brunswick in April, 1786, and ordained pastor of the churches at Newton, Hardwick, and Shappenack, in November, 1787. In 1794 he was installed pastor of the Reformed Dutch church in New Brunswick, where he remained until he died. It was chiefly through his efforts that Queen's (now Rutgers) College, which had been closed for several years, was reopened in 1807. Under his leadership the trustees determined to raise, by the help of the Reformed churches, $12,000 for the erection of a spacious building and to open the College immediately. Dr. Condict assumed the duties of president pro ternpore, and instructed the highest class. In 1809 he was regularly appointed professor of moral philosophy and vice-president, having declined the presidency; but the actual duties of the office were performed by him since Dr. Livingston, the nominal CONDICT president, confined himself to his theological professorship. Dr. Condict was mainly instrumental ill the removal of the theological seminary to New Brunswick. His exertions to obtain funds for the College, and his labors as professor and executive head of the institution, in addition to his duties as pastor of one of the largest churches of the denomination, hastened his death.
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