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DODGE, John Henry, missionary, born in Wenham, Massachusetts, 14 February 1828: died in Wendell, Massachusetts, 18 June 1863. He worked on a farm till his seventeenth year, when he was apprenticed to a carpenter, and at the same time studied by himself. He was graduated at Amherst in 1856 and at Andover theological seminary in 1859, ordained on 21 September of that year, and sailed at once for Africa as a missionary. Besides the care of a Church and a Sunday School at Sherbro island, Mendi, West Africa, he had the oversight of the workmen on the mission farm, and labored to reduce the Sherbro dialect of the Mandingo language to writing. Overwork and the climate undermined his health, and he returned to this country in 1861, after which he was pastor at Wendell, Massachusetts, till his death.
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