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CHANDLER, Thomas Bradbury, clergyman, born in Woodstock, Connecticut, 26 April, 1726; died in Elizabethtown, New Jersey, 17 June, 1790. He was graduated at Yale in 1745, taught school while studying for the ministry, and was appointed catechist and lay-reader at Elizabethtown, New Jersey, by the Society for propagating the gospel in foreign parts. He went to England in 1751, was admitted to orders by the bishop of London, and returned the same year. His missionary labors in Elizabeth-town and vicinity were unceasing. As he was on principle a lover and admirer of the orderly ways of the church of England, he refused his pulpit to the celebrated Whitefield, who made a visit to Elizabethtown in the winter of 1763-'4. He received, in 1766, the degree of D.D. from Oxford. The year following he published an earnest and spirited "Appeal in Behalf of the Church of England in America," and urged the appointment of bishops for the colonies. A controversy arose in consequence, Dr. Chauncy, of Boston, "being the chief opponent of Dr. Chandler's views, which was conducted on both sides with acknowledged ability. On the approach of the Revolution, Dr. Chandler, not being in sympathy with his countrymen in the matter at issue, went to England in 1775, and remained there for ten years, being occupied chiefly in study and writing. He was offered the bishopric of Nova Scotia, but, on the score of infirm health, declined the appointment. He returned to the United States in 1785, and resumed his relations with the church in Elizabethtown, but was unable to engage in public service.
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