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STILLMAN, Samuel, clergyman, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 10 March, 1738; died in Boston, Massachusetts, 12 March, 1807. His youth was passed in Charleston, South Carolina, where his parents had removed when he was eleven years old. His education, classical and theological, was good, though he attended neither college nor seminary. He was ordained to the ministry in 1759, and soon afterward became pastor of a Baptist church on James island. Impaired health obliged him to leave the south, and, after preaching for congregations in New Jersey, he was called in 1765 to the pastoral charge of thee 1st Baptist church in Boston, which relation he sustained for more than forty years. Few clergymen in New England were held in higher esteem or exerted a wider influence. As a preacher he had no superior. In all the philanthropic movements that distinguished Boston he was an active and honored worker. He was a member for that city of the convention in 1788 that ratified the constitution of the United States. His zeal for education was evinced especially in the interest that he took in Brown university, in whose act of incorporation (1764) and first list of trustees his name appears. In 1788 that college conferred on him the degree of D.D. Dr. Stillman published a large number of sermons, among which were " A Sermon on the Repeal of the Stamp-Act" (1766); "Thoughts on. the French Revolution" (1794); and "A Sermon occasioned by the Death of George Washington " (1799).
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