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HOPE, Matthew Boyd, clergyman, born in Mifflin county, Pennsylvania, 31 July, 1812; died in Princeton, New Jersey, 17 December, 1859. After a course of study at Jefferson college, Pennsylvania, he was graduated at Princeton theological seminary in 1834, and in the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania in 1836. In April of the latter year he was ordained as an evangelist, and sent by the board of missions of the Presbyterian church to Singapore, India. Failure of health necessitated his return after two years, and in 1838-'9 he was corresponding secretary of the Pennsylvania colonization society of the Presbyterian church. He was secretary of the Presbyterian board of education till 1842, and its corresponding secretary from 1842 till 1846, when he was elected professor of rhetoric at Princeton, and in 1854 was given in addition the chair of political economy, in which he continued until his death. He was a contributor to the religious press, and is the author of a "Treatise on Rhetoric."
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