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FISHER, Nathaniel, clergyman, born in Dedham, Massachusetts, 8 July 1742; died in Salem, Mass.. 20 December 1812. He was the son of a farmer of Dedham, and was an uncle of Fisher Ames. He was graduated at Harvard in 1763, and employed as a missionary teacher in Nova Scotia about the beginning of the Revolutionary war. In 1777 he was ordained by Dr. Robert Lowth, the bishop of London, and had charge of the Churches tit Annapolis and Granville, Nova Scotia, from 1778 till 1782, when he returned to Massachusetts. He was immediately invited to the rectorship of St. Peter's Church in Salem, and installed there after taking the oath of allegiance. He was prominent in organizing the Protestant Episcopal Church in New England. A volume of his sermons was published after his death, edited by his friend and parishioner, Judge Joseph Story (1818)..
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