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REID, John Morrison, clergyman, born in New York city, 30 May, 1820. He was graduated at the University of the city of New York in 1839, and became principal of the Mechanics' institute school, holding this office until 1844. After graduation at Union theological seminary he was admitted to the New York Methodist Episcopal conference in 1844, and has preached in Connecticut, Long Island, and New York city. From 1858 till 1864 he was president of Genesee college, Lima, New York, and he became corresponding secretary of the Missionary society of the Methodist Episcopal church in 1872. The University of the city of New York gave him the degree of D. D. in 1858, and the University of Syracuse that of LL.D. in 1883. He was editor of the "Western Christian Advocate," Cincinnati, in 1864, and of the "Northwestern Christian Advocate," Chicago, in 1868. He is the author of numerous tracts and articles, and of "Missions and Missionary Societies of the Methodist Episcopal Church" (2 vols., New York, 1880), and has edited "Doomed Religions " (1884). Dr. Reid was active in securing for the University of Syracuse the valuable library of Professor Leopold yon Ranke, the German historian, which includes about 50,000 volumes, some of his manuscripts, and several paintings by German artists.
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