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FLOG, James, clergyman, born in New York City, 20 August 1806; died there, 14 October 1863. He was educated at Columbia, and then spent three years in Europe studying, especially botany, at the royal gardens at Kew. In 1835 he was received into the New York conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and for eighteen years was pastor of Churches in Middletown, New Haven, Brooklyn, and New York. In 1848 he was placed on the committee to revise the Methodist hymnbook, in 1854 was appointed presiding elder of the New York district of New York east conference, and in 1856 became editor of the "National Magazine," and corresponding secretary of the American tract society. He also edited a denominational paper called "Good News." In 1860 he published his "Guide to the Orchard and Fruit Garden," and edited the posthumous works of the Rev. Stephen Olin, D.D. In 1861 He returned to his pastorate in New York City, in which he continued till his death. Dr. Flog was one of the ablest and earliest of the antislavery clergymen, suffering the unpopularity, and afterward enjoying the success, of the cause.
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