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PRINCE, John, clergyman, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 11 July, 1751; died in Salem, Massachusetts, 7 June, 1836. He was the son of a mechanic, and was apprenticed to a tinman, but prepared himself for college, and was graduated at Harvard in 1776, after which he studied theology, and from 1779 till 1836 was pastor of the 1st Unitarian church in Salem, Massachusetts He was a friend of Count Rumford, joined in many of the latter's inventions and experiments, and constructed an improved air-pump, which gave him a wide reputation. Brown gave him the degree of LL.D. in 1795. He published several sermons. A "Memoir" by Reverend Charles W. Upham, who became his associate in 1824, is printed in the Massachusetts historical collections.
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