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LATTA, Samuel Arminius, clergyman, born in Muskingum county, Ohio, 8 April, 1804; died in Cincinnati, Ohio, 28 June, 1852. His father rernoved to Champaign county, near Urbana, Ohio, where his house was a resort for pioneer Methodist preachers. The son first studied medicine, was licensed, and practised for three years, during which time he read theology. He then became a local preacher in the Methodist church, and for several years practised both professions. In 1829 he joined the Ohio conference, and was appointed to the mission of St. Clair, Michigan In 1830 he was stationed at Cincinnati, and in 1831 he was travelling agent for the American colonization society. In 1837 he was agent for Augusta college, Ohio, and in 1840 retired from active work in the church, owing to impaired health. He then removed to Cincinnati, where he resumed his medical practice. The degree of M. D. was conferred on him by the Medical college of Ohio in 1846. He was the author of a small medical work and " The Chain of Sacred Wonders" (2 vols., Cincinnati, 1851-'2).
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