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NEALE, Rollin Heber, clergyman, born in Southington, Connecticut, 23 February, 1808; died in Boston, Massachusetts, 19 September, 1879. He was graduated at Columbian college, Washington, D. C., in 1830, and at Newton theological seminary in 1833. While pursuing his studies at Newton he was ordained to the ministry, and in 1834 became pastor of the 1st Baptist church in Needham, Massachusetts In 1837 he was called to the pastorate of the 1st Baptist church in Boston, and he continued in that relation for nearly forty years. He was one of the most eloquent and successful preachers of his day. The degree of D. D. was conferred on him by Brown in 1850 and by Harvard in 1857. Of the latter he was for many years one of the overseers. He published "The Burning Bush" and many sermons and addresses. See a memorial discourse by William Hague (Boston, 1880).
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