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ELDER, Joseph Freeman, clergyman, born in Portland, Maine, 10 March 1839. He was graduated at Portland high school in 1856, and at Waterville College (now Colby University) in 1860. After an interval of teaching he entered the Rochester, New York, theological seminary, where he was graduated in 1867. In May of that year he was ordained pastor of the North Orange Baptist Church, Orange, New Jersey, and on 1 January 1870, went to New York City and assumed charge of the Church now called the Baptist Church of the Epiphany (formerly Oliver Street Baptist Church), of which he is still (1887) the pastor. He served on the Baptist home mission board in 1870'85, and in the latter year became president of the New York Baptist City mission.
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