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LEVINGS, Noah, clergyman, born in Cheshire county, New Hampshire, 29 September, 1796; died in Cincinnati, Ohio, 9 Jan., 1849. He was early apprenticed to a blacksmith in Troy, New York, to which place his parents had removed, but was licensed as a local preacher in the Methodist Episcopal church in 1818, and subsequently stationed among other places in New York city, Brooklyn, Troy, and Albany, New York, and New Haven, Connecticut In 1844 he was elected financial secretary of the American Bible society. During his eighteen pastoral appointments, Dr. Levings is said to have preached nearly 4,000 sermons, delivered sixty-five addresses and orations, and to have travelled 36,500 miles. He also delivered 275 addresses for the American Bible society. He had supplied the want of early education by severe private study. As a platform speaker it was supposed that he had no superior in his denomination.
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