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HOLDICH, Joseph, clergyman, born in Cambridgeshire, England, 20 April, 1804. He removed to the United States in 1812, entered the Methodist ministry in 1822, and officiated in Philadelphia, New York, and several cities of New Jersey, until 1835, when he became assistant professor of moral science and belles-lettres in Wesleyan university, Middletown, Connecticut He was full professor in 1836-'49, and from 1849 till 1878 secretary of the American Bible society, but failure of eyesight compelled his resignation from this office in 1878. He received the degree of A. M. from Princeton in 1822, and that of D. D. from La Grange college, Alabama, in 1848. He has published " Bible History" (1883); " Life of A. H. Hurd" (1889); and "Life of Wilbur Fisk" (New York, 1842).
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