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LEAMING, Jeremiah, clergyman, born in Middletown, Connecticut, in 1717; died in New Haven, Connecticut, in September, 1804. He was graduated at Yale in 1745, and officiated as lay reader in the Episcopal church in Norwalk, Connecticut In 1747 he went to London to obtain orders, there being no bishop at that date in this country. Having been ordained deacon and priest, he returned home in September, 1747, bringing a letter from the Society for propagating the gospel in foreign parts, signifying that the society approved of Mr. Learning for a schoolmaster, catechist, and assistant minister, he entered upon his duties at once in Trinity church, Newport, Rhode Island, where he did good service for eight years. Thence he removed to Norwalk, Connecticut, in 1755, where he continued for twenty-one years. Mr. Learning, sympathizing with the British government at the beginning of the Revolution in 1776, suffered severely in consequence. He lost his furniture, books, and papers during Tryon's raid on Norwalk in July, 1779, and for a time was imprisoned as a Tory. After the war he was for several years minister of the church in Stratford, Connecticut in 1783 he was chosen by the convention of Connecticut to be their first bishop, but declined the appointment on account of ace and infirmities. In 1789 he received the degree of S. T. D. from Columbia. The last years of his life were spent in New Haven, Connecticut Dr. Learning published a "Defence of the Episcopal Government of the Church" (1766); a "Second Defenee, in Answer to Noah Welles" (1770); "Evidences of the Truths of Christianity" (1785); and "Dissertations on Various Subjects" (1789).
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