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EMERSON, Joseph, educator, born in Hollis, New Hampshire, in 1777; died in Wethersfield, Connecticut, in 1833. He was graduated at Harvard in 1798, and was tutor there in 1801'3, meanwhile studying theology. He was pastor of Beverly, Massachusetts, in 1803'16, and delivered there a course of historical lectures. After visiting the south, and delivering and publishing "Lectures upon the Millennium," he established an academy in By field, Massachusetts, and afterward lectured on astronomy in Boston. He taught school and was pastor at Saugus, Massachusetts, in 1821'3, but in the latter year moved to Charleston, South Carolina, for his health. After returning to Saugus he gave up ministerial duties in 1825 and engaged in teaching in Wethersfield, Conn. During his residence there he again visited Saugus, and delivered lectures on Pollok's "Course of Time." He published an edition of "Watts on the Mind. "His brother, Ralph, clergyman, born in Hollis, New Hampshire, 18 August 1787" died in Rockford, Illinois, 20 May 1863, was graduated at Yale in 1811, and at Andover theological seminary in 1814, and, after holding a tutorship in Yale for two years, was ordained, 12 June 1816, as pastor of the 1st Congregational Church at Norfolk, Connecticut, where he remained till 1829. He was professor of ecclesiastical history and pastor at Andover from 1829 till 1853, and then removed to Newburyport, and in 1858 to Rockford, Illinois, where he remained till his death, also lecturing at the Chicago theological seminary. Yale gave him the degree of D.D. in 1830. He contributed largely to religious periodicals, published a "Life of Rev. Joseph Emerson," his brother (Boston, 1834), and translated, with notes, Wiggins's "Augustinianism and Pelagianism" (Andover, 1840).
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