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FRENCH, John William, clergyman, born in Connecticut about 1810; died in West Point, New York, 8 July 1871. He was graduated at Trinity in 1832, studied theology in the Protestant Episcopal seminary in New York City, and was admitted to holy orders in 1835. In 1836 he was elected professor of ethics ill Bristol College, Pennsylvania This institution soon failed, and after holding pastorates in Portland, Maine, and Washington, D. C., he was appointed in August 1858, chaplain of the military academy at West Point, and professor of geography, history, and ethics, to which was afterward added the department of constitutional and international law. In 1860 he received the degree of D. D. from Trinity College.
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