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RYLAND, Robert, Clergyman, born in King and Queen county, Virginia, 14 March, 1805. He was graduated at Columbian college, Washington, D. C., in 1826, ordained to the Christian ministry in 1827, and in 1827-'32 was pastor of the Baptist church in Lynchburg, Virginia In 1832 he took charge of the Manual-labor school in Richmond, and when that school was chartered in 1844 as Richmond college he was made its president, serving until 1866. For twentv-five years he acted as pastor of the 1st African "Baptist church of Richmond. during which time he baptized into its fellowship nearly 4,000 persons. In 1868 he removed to Kentucky, where he has been engaged in the work of teaching and preaching. Dr. Ryland has been a friend of the colored people, arid a promoter of higher education.
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