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MILLIGAN, Robert, educator, born in County Tyrone, Ireland, 25 July, 1814" died in Lexington, Kentucky, 20 March, 1875. He came to the United States in 1818 with his parents, who settled in Trumbull county, Ohio. After spending several years in teaching, he was graduated at Washington college in 1840, where he then held the chair of English literature until 1850, and that of chemistry for two years longer. In 1852 he was called to the professorship of mathematics at Indiana university, and in 1853 he was transferred to that of natural philosophy and chemistry, after which, in 1854-'9, he held the chair of mathematics and astronomy at Bethany college. He then accepted the presidency of Kentucky university, with the professorship of biblical literature and mental philosophy, while it was situated at Harrodsburg, West Virginia, in 1859-'65, and after its removal to Lexington, Kentucky, and its successful inauguration in the new locality, he retired from the general management and took the presidency of its theological department, known as the College of the Bible, with the chair of sacred literature. President Milligan was a member of the Christian denomination, and in 1844 entered its ministry, preaching with regularity, although he regarded his special vocation as that of an educator. In addition to the duties of his chair while at Bethany, he was associate editor of the "Millennial Harbinger," of which Alexander Campbell was the founder and chief editor. He published "A Brief Treatise on Prayer" (Cincinnati, 1863) ; "Reason and Revelation" (1867); "The Scheme of Redemption" (1868); " The Great Commission" (Lexington, 1871); "Analysis of the New Testament " (Cincinnati, 1874); and "Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews" (1875).
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