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HALL, James, clergyman, born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 22 August, 1744; died in Bethany, North Carolina, 25 July, 1826. When he was eight years of age his parents removed to Rowan (now Iredell) county, North Carolina He was graduated at Princeton in 1774. About 1775 he was licensed to preach by the presbytery of Orange, and on 8 April, 1778, he was installed pastor of the united congregations of Fourth Creek, Concord, and Bethany, North Carolina In 1790 he severed his connection with all but the Bethany congregation. During the Revolutionary war he was an ardent patriot, and was instrumental in organizing a company of cavalry, which he led on an expedition into South Carolina, performing the double office of commander and chaplain. Subsequently, when the troops marched into the Cherokee country, Georgia, to encounter the Indians, Dr. Hall accompanied them as chaplain. In the autumn of 1800, under a commission of the Presbyterian general assembly, he established a mission at Natchez, which was the first in the series of Protestant missionary efforts in the lower valley of the Mississippi. He was for many years a commissioner to the general assembly of his church from the presbytery of Orange, and was moderator of that body in 1803. He did much to advance education, and opened at his house an "academy of sciences," in which he was the sole teacher. He published a "Narrative of a Most Extraordinary Work of Religion in North Carolina" (1802), and a "Report of a Missionary Tour through the Mississippi and the Southwestern Country."
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