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NEWTON, Richard, clergyman, born in Liverpool, England, 25 July, 1813; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 25 May, 1887. He came with his parents to the United States at the age of ten years, and obtained his early education and training in Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware He was graduated at the University of Pennsylvania in 1836, and at the General theological seminary, New York city, in 1839. He was ordained in West Chester, Pennsylvania, in the latter year, by Bishop Henry U. Onderdonk, in the Church of the Holy Trinity, and received a call directly to the rectorship of the same church. A year later he became rector of St. Paul's church, Philadelphia, which post he held for twenty-two years. In 1862 he was called to the Church of the Epiphany, Philadelphia, where he labored until 1881, when he accepted the rectorship of the Church of the Covenant. Philadelphia, where he remained during the rest of his life. He received the degree of D.D. from Kenyon college, Ohio, in 186'2, and was for many years a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Newton was distinguished for his contributions to juvenile literature. He was very successful in preparing sermons for children. These have been translated into French, German, Arabic, and other languages, and are highly esteemed. His books include "Rills from the Fountain of Life" (Philadelphia, 1856); "The King's Highway" (New York, 1858); "Bible Jewels" (1867) ; "Nature's Wonders" (1872) ; "The King in His Beauty" ; "Bible Promises" ; "Natural History of the Bible "; and "Covenant Names and Privileges." Dr. Newton had two sons, both of whom entered the ministry.--His son, Richard Heber, clergyman, born in Philadelphia, 31 October, 1840, obtained his education at home and in the University of Pennsylvania, and prepared for the ministry in the Episcopal divinity-school, Philadelphia. He was made deacon in St. Paul's church, Philadelphia, in June, 1860, by Bishop Alonzo Potter, and ordained priest in the same church in 1866 by Bishop Odenheimer. He was assistant to his father for four years, became minister in charge of Trinity church, Sharon Springs, New York, in 1864, was rector of St. Paul's church, Philadelphia, in 1866, and of All Souls' church, New York city, known also as the Anthon memorial church, in 1869. He received the degree of D. D. from Union college in 1881. He has attracted notice by the radical religious views that he has expressed from his pulpit. Dr. Newton's publications are a Sunday-school hymn-book and service-book entitled" Children's Church" (New York, 1872); "The Morals of Trade" (1876) ; "Womanhood" (1879); "Studies of Jesus" (1881); "Right and Wrong Uses of the Bible" (1883); "Book of the Beginnings" (1884) ; "Philistinism" (1885) ; and "Social Studies" (1886). Some of these have been republished in England.--Another son, William Wilberforce, clergyman, born in Philadelphia, Pet., 4 November, 1843, was graduated at the University of Pennsylvania in 1865, and prepared for orders in the Episcopal divinity-school, Philadelphia. He was made deacon in the Church of the Epiphany, Philadelphia, 18 June, 1868, by Bishop Stevens, and ordained priest in St. Luke's church, Philadelphia, 19 June, 1869, by the same bishop. He was assistant to his father for two years during the latter's absence in Europe. He has been rector of St. Paul's church, Brookline, Massachusetts, in 1870-'5, of Trinity church, Newark, New Jersey, till 1877, of St. Paul's church, Boston, Massachusetts, till 1881, and since that time of St. Stephen's church, Pittsfield, Massachusetts He organized the "American congress of churches," meetings of which were held in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1885, and in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1886. Mr. Newton's publications, besides contributions to cantata music, are "Little and Wise" and "New Tracts for New Times" (New York, 1877) ; "Essays of To-Day" (Boston, 1879); "The Interpreter's House" (New York, 1879) ; "The Palace Beautiful" (1880) ; "The Voice of St. John" (1881) ; "The Legend of St. Telemachus" (1882); "Priest and Man" (Boston, 1883) ; "Summer Sermons" (Pittsfield, 1885) ; "Paradise" (1885) ; "The Vine out of Egypt" (New York, 1887); "Prayers of the Ages" (1887); and "A Father's Blessing to Children" and "Ragnar, the Sea-King " (1888).
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