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KEITH, Reuel, clergyman, born in Pittsford. Vt., 26 June, 1792; died in Sheldon, Vermont, 3 September, 1842. After serving as a merchant's clerk in Troy, New York, he entered Middlebury college, where he was graduated in 1814, and after teaching studied theology and was ordained a priest of the Protestant Episcopal church. His first charge was as an assistant at St. John's, Georgetown, D.C. This he resigned in 1820 to accept the chair of humanity and history in William and Mary college, where he also instructed candidates for holy orders. A theological seminary was soon afterward organized at Alexandria, with which institution he became connected as professor of pulpit eloquence and pastoral theology. Here he remained until 1840, when his health began to decline, he received the degree of D. D. from Middlebury in 182'7. His publications include a translation of Hengstenberg's "Christoloo'y of the Old Testament " (Alexandria, 1836; abridged by Thos. K. Arnold, London, 1847).
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