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BABCOCK, Rufus, clergyman, born in North Colebrook, Connecticut, 18 September 1798; died in Salenl, Massachusetts, 4 May 1875. lie was graduated at Brown in 1821, and acted as tutor in Columbian College (now University), District of Columbia. for two years. He was ordained pastor of the Baptist Church in Poughkeepsie in 1823, and became associate pastor with Dr. Bolles, of the first Baptist Church in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1826. He was elected president of Waterville College, Maine (now Colby University), in 1833; but in 1836, his health failing, he resigned and soon returned to ministerial duties, first as pastor of the Spruce street Church in Philadelphia, where he remained three years and a half, then of his former charge in Poughkeepsie, and finally as pastor of the first Baptist Church in Paterson, New Jersey For many years he took a leading part in the great movements of the Baptist denomination in the United States. He was three times elected corresponding secretary of the American and Foreign Bible society. He was also corresponding secretary of the Sunday-school union of Philadelphia, and of the American colonization society, and district secretary of the Baptist publication society, Philadelphia. Dr. Babcock founded, and for five years edited, the "Baptist Memorial," a monthly magazine of biography and current religious intelligence. He published "Claims of Education Societies" (1829); "Review of Beckwith on Baptism" (1829) ; "Making Light of Christ" (1830); "Memoirs" of Andrew Fuller (1830), George Learned (1832), Abraham Booth, and Isaac Back-us ; "History of Waterville College" (1836) ; "Tales of Truth for the Young" (1837) ; "Personal Recollections of Dr. John M. Peck " (1858) ; and " The Emigrant's Mother " (1859). He likewise contributed to Sprague's "Annals of the American Pulpit."
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