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PRAY, Lewis Glover, philanthropist, born in Quincy, Massachusetts, 15 August, 1793 ; died in Roxbury, Massachusetts, 7 October, 1882. He received a common-school education and went to Boston in 1807, where he became a shoe-dealer in 1815. He was a member of the primary-school committee in 1823, its secretary in 1834-'5, and organized a model school, but resigned in 1842. He was a member of the common council in 1827-'8, and served in the legislature in 1833 and 1840. Mr. Pray retired from business in 1838, and removed to Roxbury in 1853. He was connected with the principal charitable, religious, and temperance societies in Boston and Roxbury, and published " Boston Sunday-School Hymn-Book" (Boston, 1833) ; "The Child's First Book of Thought" (1839); "History of Sunday-Schools and of Religions Education from the Earliest Times" (1847); "The Sylphid's School and Other Pieces in Verse " (1862); and "Historical Sketch of the Twelfth Congregational Society in Boston" (1863).
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