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HALSEY, Luther, clergyman, born in Schenectady, New York, 1 January, 1794; died in Norristown, Pennsylvania, 29 Oct, 1880. From 1829 till 1837 he was professor of theology in the Western theological seminary, Alleghany, Pennsylvania, after which he held the chair of ecclesiastical history and church polity in Auburn, New York, theological seminary, resigning in 1844. From 1847 till 1850 he was professor of church history in Union theological seminary, New York city. For several years previous to his death he lived in retirement.--His brother, Job Foster, clergyman, born in Schenectady, New York, 12 July, 1800; died in Norristown, Pennsylvania, 7 March, 1881, was graduated at Union in 1819, studied theology with his brother, and spent the years from 1823 till 1826 at Princeton seminary. From 1826 till 1828 he held charge of the Old Tennent church in Freehold, New Jersey he was agent for the American Bible society in New Jersey in 1828-'9, for the American tract society in Albany, New York, in 1829-'30, and for the Sunday school union in Pittsburg in 1830-'1. From 1831 till 1836 he was pastor of the First church in Alleghany City, Pennsylvania, and in 1835-'6 a professor in Marion manual labor college, Missouri. He was principal of Raritan seminary for young ladies in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, from 1836 till 1848, pastor at West, Bloomfield (now Montclair), N. A., from 1852 till 1856, and pastor of the 1st Presbyterian church in Norristown, Pennsylvania, from 1856 till he resigned in 1881.
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