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HAINES, Richard Townley, merchant, born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, 21 May, 1795; died there, 21 August, 1870. He was an original member of the firm of Halsted, Haines and Co., dry-goods merchants in New York city. He was one of the founders of the American tract society, a member of its executive committee from the beginning, and for forty years the chairman of its finance committee. He served as a member of its board of direction, and contributed largely to its funds. He was a director and liberal supporter of the American Bible society, the American board of foreign missions, and many other religious and benevolent institutions, and the first president of the board of trustees of the Union theological seminary in New York city.
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