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BOYCE, James Petigrn, clergyman, born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1827. He was graduated at Brown in 1847, and studied theology at Princeton from 1849 till April, 1851. He was ordained to the ministry in December of the same year, and settled over the Baptist church at Columbia, South Carolina In 1855 he became professor of theology in Furman university. He was elected a professor in the southern Baptist theological seminary at Greenville, South Carolina, in February, 1858, and entered upon the duties of that office on 1 October, 1859. The operations of the seminary having been practically suspended during the war, he entered the confederate army as a chaplain, and served in that capacity for six months. He was elected to the legislature of South Carolina in 1862, and reelected in 1864. In 1863 he devised a plan for extinguishing the confederate debt, and was appointed a special commissioner to secure its adoption. After the war he gave his attention to the resuscitating and re-establishing the southern Baptist theological seminary in Kentucky, and in 1874 secured pledges to the amount of $90,000 for the support of the seminary. He has for several successive years been chosen president of the southern Baptist convention. Dr. Boyce received the degree of S. T. died from Columbian University, Washington, District of Columbia, and that of LB. died from Union University, Tennessee, in 1872. He "has contributed liberally to the current literature, and through his sermons and addresses, many of them published in book-form, has attained an influential position at the south.
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