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NEWMAN, John Philip, clergyman, born in New York city, 1 September, 1826. He was educated at Cazenovia seminary, New York, studied theology, and became a minister of the Methodist Episcopal church in 1849. He spent the years 1860-'1 travelling in Europe, Palestine, and Egypt, and in university study abroad. After preaching at Hamilton and Albany, New York, and New York city, he was sent in 1864 to New Orleans to labor in behalf of the Methodist Episcopal church in the south. He remained there five years, and established three annum conferences, two colleges, and a church paper. He was called in 1869 to Washington, D. C., where he organized and became the pastor of the Metropolitan memorial Methodist church. From 1869 till 1874 he was chaplain of the United States senate. In the latter year he was appointed inspector of United States consuls in Asia., and during his absence from this country he again visited Palestine. On his return he was the second time appointed to the Metropolitan church, Washington, served three years, and was then transferred to the Central church, New York, where he remained three years. In the winter of 1882 he accepted a unanimous invitation to become pastor of Madison avenue Congregational church, New York city, where he served two years, when he resigned. He then visited California, and, after ministering to General Grant in his last illness, was a third time appointed to the Metropolitan church, Washington, where he has served two years. Dr. Newman has been thrice elected to the General conference of his denomination, served as a commissioner in 1876 to adjust the relations of the Methodist church, north and south, and in 1881 went to England as a delegate to the Methodist ecumenical council. In 1885 he delivered a discourse at the funeral of General Grant, and in 1887 one at that of Gem John A. Logan. Dr. Newman is one of the most eloquent pulpit orators of his church, and is known throughout the country as a popular lecturer. He received the degree of D. D. from the University of Rochester, New York, in 1863, and that of LL. D. from the Grant memorial university and Otterbein university in 1881. He is the author of " From Dan to Beersheba" (New York, 1864); " Babylon and Nineveh" (1875); "Christianity Triumphant "(1884) ; and "Evenings with the Prophets on the Lost Empires" and "America for Americans" (Washington, 1887).
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