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FOOT, Joseph Ives, clergyman, born in Watertown, Connecticut, 17 November 1796; died near Knoxville, Tennessee, 21 April 1840. He removed with his parents in 1810 to West Granville, Massachusetts, and was educated at Phillips Andover academy and at Union College, where he was graduated in 1821. He then studied theology at Andover, was ordained on 30 September 1824, and labored as a home missionary in South Carolina and New Hampshire in 1824'6. He was pastor of Congregational Churches in West Brookfield, Massachusetts, in 1826'32, Salina, New York, in 1833'5, and in Cortland, New York, in 1835'7. He then removed to Westport, Connecticut, where he united with the Presbyterian Church, and in 1839 became pastor at Knoxville, Tenn. In July of that year he was chosen president of Washington College, Tennessee, but did not decide to accept the office till the following year. He was on his way to the College when he was thrown from his carriage, and died on the following day. The College had given him the degree of D.D. Dr. Foot published various sermons, including three on "Perfectionism" (1834), and an historical discourse on the town of Brookfield (1828), and contributed to the "Literary and Theological Review," and other periodicals. A selection from his manuscript sermons, with a memoir by his brother, the Rev. George Foot, was published after his death (Philadelphia, 1841).
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