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CURTISS, Samuel Ires, educator, born in Union, Connecticut, 5 February 1844. He was graduated at Amherst in 1867, and at Union theological seminary in 1870, engaged in missionary work in New York, and in 1870-'2 was connected with the Fifth avenue Presbyterian Church. He traveled in Ireland and Scotland in 1872-'3, was ordained by the New York presbytery in 1874, and in 1874-'8 was pastor of the American chapel at Leipsic, of which he was one of the founders. While in Leipsic he attended lectures at the University, receiving the degree of Ph. D. in 1876, and was afterward made a licentiate by Berlin University. Iowa College gave him the degree of D. D. in 1878, and in the same year he became professor of biblical literature in the Congregational theological seminary, Chicago. In 1879 he was transferred to the chair of Old Testament literature and interpretation, he is the author of "The Name Machabee," his doctor's thesis (Leipsic, 1876); a translation of Bickell's "Outlines of Hebrew Grammar " (1877); of Delitzsch's " Messianic Prophecies" (Edinburgh, 1880); and "Old-Testa-ment History of Redemption" (1881); " The Levitical Priests" (1877); "De Aaronitici sacer-dotii atque thorpe Elohisticae origine," his licentiate thesis (Berlin, 1878); "Ingersoll and Moses " (Chicago, 1879); and contributions in the " Current Discussions in Theology" (1883 et seq.).
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