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ERRETT, Russell, journalist, born in New York in 1817. In 1829 he removed to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he adopted journalism as a profession. He has been repeatedly elected to the legislature of that state. In 1861 he was appointed paymaster in the U. S. army, and served in that office till the close of the civil war. He was a state senator in 1867, assessor of internal revenue in 1869'73, and clerk of the state senate in 1860'1 and 1872'6. He was elected a representative in congress in 1876 as a Republican, and served in 1877'83.His brother, Isaac, clergyman, born in New York City, 2 January 1820. His parents were among the earliest converts of Alexander Campbell, and he became a preacher of the Christian denomination in 1840. He has held pastorates in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, New Lisbon, Warren, and North Bloomfield, Ohio, Detroit, Muir, and Ionia, Michigan, and in Chicago, Ilk He had been associated with Alexander Campbell in the editorship of the "Millennial Harbinger," and in 1866 he began the publication of "The Christian Standard" in Cleveland.
He was elected president of Alliance College in 1868, but, finding that his journal did not succeed in Alliance, Ohio, he resigned his office, and in 1868 established himself in Cincinnati, where he has since continued the publication of the "Christian Standard," now the foremost weekly periodical of his Church. He received the degree of LL.D. from Butler University in 1886, was corresponding secretary of the Ohio Christian missionary society from 1853 till 1856, and president from 1867 till 1870. He was also corresponding secretary of the General Christian missionary society from 1857 till 1860, and president from 1874 till 1876, and president of the foreign society from 1875 till 1886. Dr. Errett's books include "Debate on Spiritualism with Joel Tiffany" (1855); "A Brief View of Missions" (1857); "Walks about Jerusalem " (1871); "Talks to Bereans" (1872); "Letters to Young Christians" (1875); "Review of a Tract by Dr. Thomas O. Summers, entitled 'Why I am not a Campbellite '"; " Evenings with the Bible" (2 vols., 1884 and 1887); and numerous pamphlets.
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