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MEACHAM, James, clergyman, born in Rutland, Vermont, in 1810; died in Middlebury, Vermont, 22 August, 1856. He was graduated at Middlebury in 1832, and while tutor there studied theology, was ordained, and made pastor of a church in New Haven, Vermont In 1846 he became professor of rhetoric and English literature at Middlebury, holding this post until 1850. He was elected to congress as a Whig in place of George P. Marsh, resigned, and twice re-elected, serving from 3 December, 1849, till his death. He was a regent of the Smithsonian institution.
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