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RICHARDS, James, clergyman, born in New Canaan, Connecticut, 29 October, 1767; died in Auburn, New York, 2 August, 1843. He was descended from Samuel Richards, a Welshman, who settled near Stamford, Connecticut. After studying at Yale in 1789, he taught in Farmington, completed his academical and theological course under Dr. Timothy Dwight in Greenfield, Connecticut, and was licensed to preach in 1798. He served in the 1st Presbyterian church of Morristown, New Jersey, from 1794 till 1797, when he became its pastor, and in 1809 was charged with the Presbyterian church of Newark, New Jersey in 1823 he became professor of theology in Auburn theological seminary, which chair he held until his death, he was a trustee of Princeton college and seminary, and received the degree of A.M. from Yale in 1794, and that of D. D. in 1815. A selection of his " Lectures" was published, with a memoir, by the Reverend Samuel It. Gridley (New York, 1846), and a volume of his sermons, with an essay on his character, by the Reverend William B. Sprague (Albany, 1849).
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