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BAILEY, Rufus William, educator, born in North Yarmouth, Maine, 13 April 1793; died in Huntsville, Tex., 25 April 1863. He was graduated at Dartmouth College in 1813, and taught in the academies at Salisbury, N. HI., and Blue Hill, 3Ie., then studied law with Daniel Webster, but at the end of a year entered Andover theological seminary, and on the completion of his studies was licensed, and began preaching at Norwich Plain, at the same time filling the place of teacher of moral philosophy in the military school. In 1824 he was installed pastor of the Church in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where he remained four years, lie was then obliged to remove to the south for the sake of his health, and subsequently taught for more than twenty years in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, in the latter state traveling at one time extensively as agent of the colonization society. In 1854 he was elected professor of languages in Austin College, at Huntsville, Texas, and in 1858 became its president. He was the author of a series of newspaper letters on slavery, subsequently published in a volume under the title of "The Issue" ; also of a volume of sermons entitled "The Family Preacher"; of letters to daughters, entitled "The Mother's Request "; of a " Primary Grammar," and of a "Manual of English Grammar," used extensively in southern schools.
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