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MURDOCK, John Nelson, clergyman, born in Oswego, New York, 18 December, 1820. He obtained the elements of a good education, studied law, and was admitted to the bar, but abandoned the law and entered the ministry in the Methodist Episcopal church. In 1842 he was ordained as a Baptist minister in Watertown, New York After holding pastorates in Waterville and Albion, he became in 1848 pastor of the South Baptist church in Hartford, Connecticut in 1857 he took charge of the Bowdoin square church, Boston, continuing in this relation until 1863, when he was made one of the secretaries of the American Baptist mission union. This office he still (1888) holds. From 1853 till 1856 he was joint editor with Reverend Dr. Robert Turnbull of the" Christian Review." The honorary degree of D. D. was conferred upon him by Rochester university in 1854.
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