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PERRINE, Matthew La Rue, clergyman, born in Freehold, Monmouth County, New Jersey, 4 May, 1777; died in Auburn, New York, 11 February, 1836. He was graduated at Princeton in 1797, studied theology, and was licensed to preach in 1799. After serving as a missionary in Pennsylvania he became pastor of the Presbyterian church in Bottle Hill, New Jersey, in 1802, and held this charge until 1811, when he was called to the Spring street church in New York city, remaining there until 1820. From 1821 until his death he was professor of ecclesiastical history and church polity in Auburn theological seminary, serving also for two years as professor of theology. He received the degree of D. D. from Alleghany college, Pennsylvania; in 1818. He was the author of a " Plan of Salvation" (1816) and an "Abstract of Biblical Geography " (1835).
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