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FORSYTH, John, clergyman, born in Newburg, New York, in 1811; died there, 17 October 1886. He was graduated at Rutgers in 1829, studied theology at the University of Edinburgh, under the Rev. Thomas Chalmers, and in Glasgow, under Dr. Thomas Dick, and was licensed to preach in April 1833, by the presbytery of Aberdeen, Scotland. He then returned to the United States and was ordained in 1834 by the presbytery of New York. He held pastorates in Philadelphia in 1834'6, and in Newburg, New York, in 1836'47, occupying at the same time the chair of biblical literature in the theological seminary of the Reformed Church at that place. He was professor of Latin at Princeton from 1847 till 1853, again professor at Newburg in 1853'5, and in 1850'3 held the chair of the English language and literature in Rutgers. He was appointed chaplain and professor of moral philosophy at West Point in 1871, and served there till 1881, when he was retired with the pay of colonel. He was for many years president of the Board of education of Newburg, and is the author of numerous pamphlets and sermons, an American edition of Dick's "Theology," with a life of the author (2 vols., New York, 1836); "History of the Public Schools of Newburg" (Newburg, 1863); " Lives of the Early Governors of New York," published in the Newburg "Daily Union" in 1863: and a translation and enlargement of Moll's "Exposition of the Psalms" (in Lang's "Commentary," 1871). He also contributed largely to current literature.
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