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HUNT, Samuel, clergyman, born in Attleboro, Massachusetts, 18 March, 1810; died in Boston, Massachusetts, 23 July, 1878. He was graduated at Amherst in 1832, taught at Southampton, Massachusetts, and Southampton, L. I., and studied theology in the seminaries at Andover and Princeton, and with the Reverend Dr. Jacob Ide, of West Medway, Massachusetts he was pastor of a Congregational church in Natick, Massachusetts, from 1839 till 1850, and of the church in Franklin, Massachusetts, from 1850 till 1864. In the latter year he became superintendent of education for the American missionary association, and labored to establish schools among the freedmen. In 1868 he exchanged this office for that of clerk of the United States senate committee on military affairs, and in 1873-'5 acted as private secretary to Vice-president Henry Wilson. He assisted Mr. Wilson in writing the "Rise and Fall of the Slave Power in America," and completed the work after the latter's death. He also prepared and arranged for publication Mr. Wilson's papers. His published works are "Letters to the Avowed Friends of Missions," "Political Duties of Christians," and "Puritan Hymn and Tune Book." He left unfinished "Religion in Polities."
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