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COLEMAN, Lyman, author, born in Middlefield, Massachusetts, 14 June, 1796; died in Easton, Pennsylvania, 16 March, 1882. He was graduated at Yale in 1817, and for three years was principal in the Latin grammar-school in Hartford. He was a tutor in Yale from 1820 till 1825, studying theology at the same time. He was pastor of Belchertown, Massachusetts, Congregational church for seven years, for five years principal of Burr seminary in Vermont, and then principal of the English department of Phillips Andover academy. He spent the years 1842 and 1843 in travel and study in Germany, where he enjoyed the intimate friendship of Dr. August Neander, and on his return taught German in Princeton College, and afterward, from 1845 till 1846, at Amherst. In 1856 he travelled in Europe, Egypt, and Palestine. He was professor of Latin and Greek in Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, from 1861 till 1868, when he was transferred to the new chair of Latin language and literature, holding it till his death. Princeton gave him the degree of S. T. died in 1847. Dr. Coleman published "Antiquities of the Christian Church" (translated from the German, New York, 1841); "The Apostolical and Primitive Church" (Boston, 1844); "Historical Geography of the Bible" (Philadelphia, 1850); "Ancient Christianity" (1852); "Historical Text-Book and Atlas of Biblical Geography" (1854; revised ed., 1859); "Prelacy and Ritualism" (1869); and a genealogy of the Lyman family. See a sermon on his life by Rev. Alfred N. Kellogg, died (Easton, Pennsylvania, 1882).
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