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EATON, Samuel John Mills, clergyman, born in Fairview, Erie County, Pennsylvania, 15 April 1820. He was graduated at Jefferson in 1845, studied theology in the Western theological seminary, and entered the Presbyterian ministry in 1848. From that year till 1882 he was pastor in Franklin, Pennsylvania He has held the offices of stated clerk of the presbytery of Erie since 1853; permanent clerk of synod of Allegheny from 1859 till 1870; stated clerk of synod of Erie from 1870 till 1881; trustee of Washington and Jefferson since 1879; and director of Western theological seminary since 1880. In 1871 he visited Egypt, Palestine, 0reece, and Turkey. His publications are "Petroleum" (Philadelphia, 1866); "History of the Presbytery of Erie" (New York, 1868); " History of Venango County, Pa." (Franklin, 1876); "Lakeside" (Pittsburgh, 1.880); "Memorial of Cyrus Dickson, D.D." (New York, 1883); " Jerusalem" (1884); " Palestine" (1885); and "Memorial of Robert Lamberton" (Franklin, 1886). The degree of D. D. was conferred upon him by Washington and Jefferson in 1869.
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