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OSGOOD, Samuel, clergyman, born in Charles-town, Massachusetts, 30 August, 1812; died in New York city, 14 April, 1880. He was graduated at Harvard in 1832 and at the divinity-school in 1835. For two years following he was editor of the "Western Messenger " at Louisville, Kentucky He assumed charge of a Unitarian congregation in Nashua, New Hampshire, in 1837. He was called ', to the Westminster church in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1841, and in 1849 went to the Church of the Messiah (Unitarian) in New York city. He remained in charge of this congregation for twenty years, but resigned in 1869 and went to Europe for rest and recreation. On his return he took orders in the Protestant Episcopal church in 1870. Not caring to engage in parochial work, he spent most of his time during the last ten years of iris life in literary labor, writing for reviews and magazines, giving lectures, and making addresses at colleges and institutions of science and art. He was also for several years domestic corresponding secretary of the New York historical society, he received the degree of D. D. from Harvard in 1857, and that of LL. D. from Hobart in 1872. In connection with Dr. Henry W. Bellows he was editor of the " Christian Inquirer " in New York in 1850-'4. He was an excellent German scholar, and translated Hermann Olshausen's " History of the Passion" (Boston, 1839), and Wilhelm M. L. De Wette's " Human Life" (2 vols., 1842). Dr. Osgood's chief publications were "Studies in Christian Biography" (New York, 1851); "God with Man, or Footprints of Providential Leaders" (1853) ; "The Hearth-Stone : Thoughts upon Home Life in our Cities" (11854) ; "Mile-Stones in our Life-Journey" (1855); "Student Life" (1860); "American Leaves" (1867) ; and "Address before the New York Historical Society on Thomas Craw-ford and Art in America" (1875).
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