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OLMSTEAD, James Munson, clergyman, born in Stillwater, New York, 17 February, 1794; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 16 October, 1870. He was graduated at Union college in 1819, and studied until 1822 at Princeton theological seminary. During the following three years he was an itinerant missionary in New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, but in June, 1825, he was ordained and installed over the Presbyterian churches of Landisburg and Centre, Pennsylvania, where he remained until 1834. He then had charge of Middle Tuscarora church, Pennsylvania, until 1837, when he became pastor of the Flemington, New York, Presbyterian church. Failing health in 1849 led to his resignation and removal to Snow Hill, Maryland, where he preached until 1854. He then settled in Philadelphia, living in retirement until his death. Besides minor publications and contributions to current literature, he was the author of "Thoughts and Counsels for the Impenitent" (New York, 1846); "Our First Mother" (1852); and "Noah and his Times" (Boston, 1853). The last was subsequently reprinted abroad.
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