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VAUGHAN, John Apthorp, clergyman, born in Little Cambridge (now Brighton), Massachusetts, 13 October, 1795; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 5 June, 1865. His father, Charles, came from England to this country, and removed to Hallowell, Maine, where the son received his first education. After graduation at Bowdoin in 1815, he went to London, and was for a time employed in the banking-house of his uncle, William Vaughan. Subsequently he took charge of a plantation that belonged to the Vaughan family in Jamaica, Wisconsin, but returned to Hallo-well and opened there a school for girls, also studying divinity. In 1833 he was ordained deacon, and held charge of Trinity church in Saco, Maine, and, after receiving priest's orders in 1834, he became rector of St. Peter's church, Salem, Massachusetts From 1836 till 1842 he was secretary of the Protestant Episcopal board of foreign missions. Owing to impaired health he resigned this post, went to Georgia, and in 1844 settled in Philadelphia, where he was superintendent of the Institution for the blind in 1845-'8. In 1848 he established in that city a school for girls, which he abandoned in 1854. From 1861 until 1865 he was professor of pastoral theology in the Philadelphia divinity-school, to which he presented a library of 1,200 volumes. Kenyon gave him the degree of D. D. in 1839. He published pamphlets, including one "On the General Missions of the Church " (1842).
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