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CANNON, James Spencer, clergyman, born on the island of Curacoa, 28 January, 1776; died in New Brunswick, New Jersey, 25 July, 1852. His father was a sea-captain, who was drowned when James was a boy. "He was educated at the academy of Dr. Peter Wilson, in Hackensack, New Jersey, and subsequently under the care of Rev. Alexander Miller. After studying theology with Dr. Proeligh and Prof. John H. Livingston, he was licensed to preach by the New Brunswick classis in 1796, and soon afterward became pastor of the Dutch Reformed churches of Millstone, and Six-Mile Run, New Jersey, finally devoting himself entirely to the latter church. He was elected professor of pastoral theology and ecclesiastical history in the Reformed Dutch theological seminary at New Brunswick in 182~, and remained there until his death, holding also the chair of metaphysics at Rutgers. He published, for the use of his students, "Lectures on Chronology" and" Lectures on Pastoral Theology." The latter, wit, h a memoir of the author, was re-published after his death (New York, 1853). Union College gave him the degree of D.D. in 1819. Dr. Cannon was a hard student and a successful teacher. His discussion of the sacraments was considered especially able.
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