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HALSTEAD, Schureman, philanthropist, born in 1805; died in Mamaroneck, New York, 5 October, 1868. He entered a dry goods house at the age of fifteen, and by the time he had reached manhood had acquired a competence. Through all his life he devoted himself to the promotion of religious and benevolent enterprises. It was due to his personal efforts that the legislature passed the act creating the board of "ten governors," and, having been appointed one of the original governors, he devoted much time to securing the successful working of the system. He was vice president of the American "Bible society, president of the Westchester county Bible society, manager of the Parent missionary society of the Methodist Episcopal church, founder, and for many years president, of the Broadway insurance company, and held many other responsible offices.
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