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LABAGH, Peter, clergyman, born in New York city in 1773; died there in 1858. He studied classics under Dr. Peter Wilson, of Hackensack, New Jersey, and theology under Dr. Solomon Froeligh and Dr. John H. Livingston. He was licensed as a preacher in 1796, and after a missionary tour in western New York went to Kentucky, where he organized the church of Salt River, in Mercer county. On returning to New York, he was pastor in Greenbush, Rensselaer county, till 1809, and afterward of the united churches of Shannock and Harlingen till 1844. He was elected a trustee of Queens (now Rutgers) college in 1811, and had the degree of D. D. conferred on him by that institution in the same year. He contributed largely to securing the endowment of the theological seminary at New Brunswick, was active in the councils of his church, and a powerful preacher. A memoir of him was published by the Reverend John A. Todd, D. D. (1860). --His son, Isaac P., clergyman, born in Leeds, Greene County, New York, 14 August, 1804; died in Fairfield, Iowa, 29 December, 1879, studied at Dickinson college, and at the New Brunswick theological seminary, where he was graduated in 1826, and licensed to preach. He was successively pastor of Dutch Reformed churches at Rochester and Gravesend, New York, till 1842, was subsequently suspended for his opinions concerning the second advent and the Christian Sabbath, and in 1846 entered the ministry of the Protestant Episcopal church. He was for some years missionary to the Jews in New York city, and organized and built St. Paul's church, Haddonfield, New Jersey, and also St. Paul's church, South Brooklyn. In 1860 he removed to Illinois, and established a female seminary, Euphemia Hall, and after its destruction by fire in 1863 he Organized and built St. Peter's church at Cairo. He next removed to Fairfield, Iowa, and was pastor of St. Peter's church there till his death. He published "A Sermon on the Personal Reign of Christ" (1846); "Twelve Lectures on Great Events of Unfulfilled Prophecy" (1859); and "Theoklesia, or the Organization, Perpetuity, Conflicts, and Triumphs of the One Holy, Catholic Apostolic Church" (1868).
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