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OWEN, John Jason, clergyman, born in Cole-brook, Connecticut, 13 August, 1803; died in New York city, 18 April, 1869. He was graduated at Middlebury in 1828, and at Andover theological seminary in 1831, and was ordained to the ministry of the Presbyterian church in 1832. He then became secretary of the educational society of his church, and was principal of Cornelius institute, New York, in 1836-'48. He was made professor of Greek and Latin language and literature in the New York free academy in 1849, becoming its vice-principal in 1853, and continuing as such until 1866. The name of the institution was then changed to the New York free college, and he was its vice-president until his death. He received the degree of D. D. and of LL.D. Dr. Owen was an eminent classical scholar, and his translations were highly commended and met with a large sale both here and abroad. They include Xenophon's "Anabasis" (New York, 1843) ; Homer's " Odyssey" (1844) ; Xenophon's "Cyropaedia" (1846) ; and the works of Thucydides (1847). He also published the "Acts of the Apostles, in Greek, with a Lexicon" (1850); a "Greek Reader" (1852); and a "Commentary, Critical, Expository, and Practical, on the Gospels" (3 vols., 1857, 1859, and 1873).
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