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OLDMIXON, John, English author, born in Bridgewater, England, in 1678; died in London, England, 9 July, 1742. He is supposed to have visited this country. Besides plays, poems, and historical and critical writings that display violent party spirit, he published " The British Empire in America, Containing the History of the Discovery, Settlement, Progress, and Present State of the British Colonies on the Continent and Islands of America" with maps (2 vols., London, 1708).
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OLDS, Gamaliel Smith, educator, born in Tolland, Massachusetts, 11 February, 1777; died in Circleville, Ohio, 13 June, 1848. He was graduated at Williams in 1801, was tutor there till 1805, and then professor of mathematics and natural philosophy till 1808. After studying theology for two years under Dr. Stephen West, at Stockbridge, Massachusetts, he went to Andover seminary, and was graduated with the first class in 1810. He was ordained at Greenfield, Massachusetts, 19 November, 1813, preached there for three years, and then resigned in order to accept a professorship in Middlebury college, but did not do so, owing to a disagreement with the officers. He was professor of mathematics and natural philosophy in the University of Vermont from 1819 till 1821, then in Amherst college till 1825, and afterward for several years in the University of Georgia. In 1841 he settled in Circleville, Ohio, where ha preached frequently till his death, which was caused by a carriage accident. He published an " Inaugural Oration" (1806); "The Substance of Several Sermons on Episcopacy and Presbyterian Parity " (1818) ; and "Statement of Facts Relative to the Appointment to the Office of Professor of Chemistry in Middlebury College" (1818).
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