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ANDERSON, Rufus, author, born in North Yarmouth, Maine, 17 August 1796; died 30 May 1880. He was graduated at Bowdoin College in 1818, and at Andover theological seminary in 1822, and was ordained as a minister in 1826. From 1824 to 1832 he was assistant secretary of the American board of foreign missions, and in 1832 he became secretary, in which office he remained until 1866, receiving on that occasion a testimonial of $20,000 from New York and Boston merchants, most of which he turned over to the board. From 1867 to 1869 he lectured on foreign missions at Andover seminary. He visited the Mediterranean missions in 1843, the Indian missions in 1854, and those in the Sandwich Islands in 1863. He published "Foreign Missions, their Relations and Claims" ; "Memoir of Catharine Brown" (1825); " Observations upon the Peloponnesus and Greek Islands " (Boston, 1830) ; "The Hawaiian Islands, their Progress and Condition under Missionary Labors" (1864); " A Heathen Nation Civilized," containing a history of the Sandwich island mission (1870); and " History of the Missions of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to the Oriental Churches " (1872).
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