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BLYTHE, James, clergyman, born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, 28 October 1765: died near Hanover. Indiana, 20 May 1842. He was graduated at Hampden-Sidney in 1789, studied theology under the Rev. Dr. Hall, and was ordained pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Pisgah, Kentucky, 25 July 1793. When the Kentucky academy, for which he had secured contributions in the eastern states, was merged into the University of Transylvania, he was called to the chair of mathematics and natural philosophy. He received the degree of died D. from Princeton in 1805. In 1812 he began the publication of the "Evangelical Record and Western Review," which only reached the second volume. He was president of Transylvania College for several years, but resigned about 1818 and established a seminary for young ladies, continuing his connection with the College as professor of chemistry in the medical department, and filling at the same time a pastoral charge as associate pastor of the Church in Lexington. In 1832 he accepted the presidency of South Hanover College, which he resigned in 1836. He was subsequently pastor of the New Lexington Church.
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