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BROOKS, Phillips, clergyman, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 13 December, 1835. He was graduated at Har-yard in 1855, studied theology at the seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, was ordained in 1859, and became rector of the church of the Advent, Philadelphia. In 1862 he took charge of the church of the Holy Trinity in that City, and in 1869 became rector of Trinity church, Boston. Mr. Brooks is noted for his "low church " views, and has preached in the churches of other denominations than his own. He has declined many calls elsewhere, a professorship in Harvard, and the office of assistant bishop of Pennsylvania, to which he was elected in 1886, preferring to remain in his Boston parish, where he exerts a powerful influence for good, especially over young men. His present church edifice, noted for its unique architecture and fine interior decorations, was built for him at a cost of over $1,000,-000. Mr. Brooks is one of the most brilliant pulpit orators of the Protestant Episcopal Church, and is noted for his rapid delivery. He has published "Lectures on Preaching," delivered before the Yale divinity school (New York, 1877); " Sermons" (1878 and 1881); "The Influence of Jesus," Bohlen lectures delivered in Philadelphia in 1879 (1879)" " Baptism and Confirmation" (1880)" and " Sermons preached in English Churches" (1883).
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