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BADGER, Joseph, missionary, born in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, 28 February 1757; died in 15errysburg, Ohio, 5 May 1846. His early education was obtained entirely from his parents. At eighteen years of age he joined the revolutionary army. Four years later he entered the family of Rev. Mr. Day, father of President Day of Yale, and began study with boys of eight or nine years. Soon afterward he determined to become a clergyman, and entered Yale College in 1781. tie at first supported himself by manual labor and afterward by teaching school, the sum of ,$200, in continental money, which he had saved, scarcely serving to buy him a c<)at, he was graduated in 1785, studied divinity, and in 1787 became pastor at Blandford, Massachusetts, where he remained until 1800. In that year the missionary society sent him to the unsettled part of the country northwest of the Ohio river, Here he endure(1 great hardships for thirty years, going frown settlement to settlement, over a country where there were neither roads nor bridges, and often passing the night in the branches of a tree. This mode of life gave him great familiarity with the country, which was of use to the American army during the war of 181°, when he served as chaplain. He became an intimate friend of General Harrison, who gave him his appointment. In 1835 he retired and lived with a daughter until his death. See an autobiographical letter in the "American Quarterly Register" (vol. xiii., Andover).
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