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BURROUGHS, John Curtis, educator, born in Stamford, Delaware County, New York, 7 December, 1SIS. He was graduated at Yale in 1842 and at Madison theological seminary in 1846. After preaching" one year in Waterford, New York, he was pastor of the Baptist church in West Troy for five years, and in 1852 assumed the pastorate of the 1st Baptist church of Chicago. In 1855 he began a movement in the interests of higher education, which resulted in the establishment, in 1857, of the University of Chicago. In 1855 Dr. Burroughs declined the presidency of Shurtleff College, but in 1856 he accepted the presidency of the University of Chicago, which he resigned in 1874. Soon afterward he was appointed a member of the Chicago board of education, and in 1884 he was elected assistant superintendent of public schools in that city. He received the degree of D. D. in 1858 from the University of Rochester, and in 1869 that of LL. D. from Madison university.
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