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MONFORT, Joseph Glass, clergyman, born in Warren county, Ohio, 9 December. 1810. His father for many years was pastor of Presbyterian churches at Hamilton, Ohio, and Mount Carmel, Indiana The son was graduated at Miami university in 1834, studied theology in 1835-'6 at Indiana seminary, and was a founder and editor of the Louisville, Kentucky, " Presbyterian Herald" in 1836-'7. He was licensed to preach in September, 1837, and occupied pulpits in Hamilton, Ohio, and Greensburg and Sandy Creek, Indiana, from 1837 till 1855, with the exception of two years, when he acted as agent of the theological seminary at New Albany, Indiana In the last-named year he was invited to assume the editorship of the " Presbyterian of the West," the name of which journal he changed to "The Presbyter." In 1869 it was united with the New school organ under the title of "The Herald and Presbyter." For ten years preceding that event Dr. Monfort was an earnest advocate of the reunion of the two branches of his church. He was the author of the Newark, Ohio, memorial which was signed by seventy clergymen and forty ruling elders, and which proposed negotiations with a view to such action. He was appointed by the general assembly of 1866 a member of the joint committee on re, talon. For many years he was a member of the Church extension committee, and of the boards of domestic and foreign missions, a trustee of Hanover college, Indiana, a director of the Theological seminary of the northwest, and a trustee of Lane theological seminary, for which institution he also acted as treasurer, and by the skilful management of its finances considerably increased its income. He received the degree of D. D. from Hanover college, and that of LL. D. from Centre college, Kentucky, in 1853.--His son, Francis Cassatte, born in Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana, 1 September, 1844, was graduated at Wabash college in 1864, and studied theology for three years in this country and for three years in the universities of Edinburgh and Berlin. In 1869 he was called to a church in Cincinnati, where he remained four years, when he resigned to become an editor of his father's journal, "The Herald and Presbyter," with which he is still connected. In 1879 he accepted a call from the First church. Cincinnati, and now discharges the duties of both pastor and editor. He received the degree of D. D. from the University of Wooster, Ohio. He is the author of "Sermons for Silent Sabbaths" (Cincinnati, 1884) and "Socialism and City Evangelization" (1887).
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