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ARMITAGE, Thomas, clergyman, born in Ponte, fract, England, 2 August 1819. In his youth he was a Wesleyan preacher, and, coming to New York in 1838, entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1848 he embraced the doctrines of the Baptist Church, and as a pastor in New York attained prominence as one of the leading writers and pulpit orators of that denomination. He interested himself in the movement fox' Bible revision, especially in regard to what he believed to be the correct translation of the Greek word for baptism, and was one of the founders in 1850 of the American Bible Union, of which society he afterward became president. Since 1848 he has been pastor of the Fifth avenue Baptist Church, New York city. He has published" Lectures on Preaching, its Ideal and Inner Life" (Philadelphia, 1880), and "A History of the Baptists" (New York, 1886).
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