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MILES, James Browning, clergyman, born in Rutland, Massachusetts, 18 August, 1822; died in Worcester, Massachusetts, 13 November, 1875. He was graduated at Yale in 1849, taught for a year in North Fairfield, stud-led theology at Yale and Andover seminaries, was tutor at Yale in 1852-'4, and was ordained as pastor of the 1st Congregational church in Charles-town, Massachusetts, on 2 January, 1855. In October, 1871, he resigned and removed to Boston, having accepted the office of secretary of the American peace association. He applied himself with energy to the task of reorganizing the society, and, while the Washington treaty and the Geneva award were fresh in the public mind, set on foot an agitation for the codification of international law and the institution of a high court of nations. Public meetings were held in Boston, New York, and other cities. With Elihu Burritt and others, he matured a project for an international congress and association, and, going to Europe, he gained the adhesion of many eminent jurists. At a congress held in Brussels in 1873 the International association for the codification of international laws was organized, and he was chosen its secretary. He attended the second congress at Geneva in 1874, and afterward several ratification meetings in Italy, France, and England ; likewise the next congress., held at the Hague in July, 1875. He was made D. D. by Beloit college in 1873.
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