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FARNHAM, Luther, clergyman, born in Concord, New Hampshire, 5 February 1816. He was educated at Dartmouth and at Andover theological seminary, where he was graduated in 1841. He has since held pastorates at Northfield, Marshfield, Concord, and Linnfield, Massachusetts, and at other places (1844'69), but has made Boston his permanent residence, serving as one of the editors of the " Christian Alliance," and also of the "Massachusetts Ploughman." In 1855'61 he was secretary of the Southern aid society, a missionary association having for its especial object the spreading of the gospel among the poorer classes, white and colored, of the south and southwest. In 1862 he was chosen secretary of the General theological library of Boston. Mr. Farnham has succeeded in raising for the Library an endowment of $32,000, and funds with which he has purchased for its use over 11,000 volumes. He has published "A Glance at Private Libraries," a pamphlet (1855), and has also prepared a " History of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society."
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