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BAIRD, Samuel John, author, born in Newark, Ohio, in 1817. He was graduated at Centre College, Kentucky, studied theology at New Albany, and preached in various pulpits until, in 1865, he retired from the ministry, owing to declining health. He made a special study of Presbyterian ecclesiastical polity, and published "The Assembly's Digest"; " The Church of Christ, its Constitution and Order"; "A History of the Early Polity of the Presbyterian Church in the Training of Ministers"; "A History of the New School and of the Questions involved in the Disruption"; "The Socinian Apostasy of the English Presbyterian Church"; "The First Adam and the Second"; "The Elohim revealed in the Creation and Redemption of Man" (Philadelphia) ; " Collection of the Acts, Deliverances, and Testimonies of the Supreme Judicatory of the Presbyterian Church, from its Origin in America to the Present Time" (1855) ; and " History of the New School" (1868).
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