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PARK, Roswell, educator, born in Lebanon, Connecticut, 1 October, 1807; died in Chicago, Illinois, 16 July, 1869. He entered Hamilton college, but left on receiving an appointment as a cadet in the United States military academy, where he was graduated in 1831. The same year he passed the final examinations at Union college, and received the degree of B. A. He was at once commissioned as 2d lieutenant of engineers, and employed on fortifications at Newport and Boston, and afterward on the Delaware breakwater until he resigned, 30 September, 1836. He was then appointed professor of chemistry and natural history in the University of Pennsylvania, but in July, 1842, he resigned in order to fit himself for the ministry of the Protestant Episcopal church. He was ordained priest in 1843, and taught in Annapolis, Maryland, for the next two years. In 1845 he became principal of Christ church hall, a classical school in Pomfret, Connecticut, which he conducted till 1852, when he was called to the presidency of Racine college, Wisconsin, after previously declining the same office in Norwich university, Vermont, which conferred on him the degree of D. D. in 1850. He served as president for seven years, and then as chancellor till 1863, when he went to Chicago and founded a literary and scientific school called Immanuel hall, of which he was rector and proprietor till his death. He published '" Selections of Juvenile and Miscellaneous Poems" (Philadelphia, 1836); "Sketch of the History of West Point" (1840); "Pantology, or Systematic Survey of Human Knowledge " (1841) ; "Handbook for American Travellers in Europe" (New York, 1853); and " Jerusalem and other Poems" (1857).
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