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PAXTON, John R, clergyman, born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, 18 September, 1843. He entered Jefferson college, Canonsburg, in 1859, but was not graduated until 1866, having left college to serve in the civil war, enlisting in the 140th Pennsylvania regiment, and becoming 2d lieutenant. He studied theology at Western theological seminary, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, and at Princeton, was ordained in 1870, and was pastor of the New York avenue Presbyterian church in Washington, D. C., from 1878 till 1882, when he became pastor of the 42d street Presbyterian church in New York city, which charge he now (1888) holds. In 1887 he became chaplain of the 7th regiment of New York. Union gave him the degree of D. D. in 1882. He has published several addresses and sermons.
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