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BELCHER, Joseph, author, born in Birmingham, England, 5 April 1794 ; died in Philadelphia, 10 July 1859. He was a Baptist clergyman, and came to the United States in 1844. He is said to have published more religious volumes than any other author of the present century, his works numbering nearly 200. He wrote lives of Whitefield and Robert Hall;" The Baptist Pulpit of the United States" (New York, 1850); " The Clergy of Amerlea" (1855); a " History of Religious Denominations in the United States" (Indianapolis, Indiana, 1856); "Sketches from Life" ; and " Poetical Sketches of Biblical Subjects." His last book was "Hymns and their Authors" (Philadelphia, 1859).
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