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GOULDING, Thomas, clergyman, born in Midway, Georgia, 14 March, 1786; died in Columbus, Georgia, 26 June, 1848. He was educated in Wolcott, Connecticut, and studied law with Judge David Daggett in New Haven, but determined to devote himself to the ministry, and was the first licentiate of the Presbyterian Church in Georgia that was born in the state. Having been licensed in December, 1813, he preached in White Bluff, and was ordained as the regular pastor of the Church there on 1 January 1816. In 1822 he removed to Lexington, Oglethorpe co. On the establishment of a theological seminary by the synod of South Carolina and Georgia, he was appointed its only professor, and taught a class in theology in connection with his pastoral work. At the end of a year the seminary was transferred to Columbia, South Carolina, and he was professor of ecclesiastical history and Church government until January, 1835, when he took charge of the Church at Columbus, Georgia He was many years president of the board of trustees of Oglethorpe University. -- His son, Francis Robert, author, born in Midway, Georgia, 28 September. 1810; died in Roswell, Georgia. 22 August, 1881, was graduated at the University of Georgia in 1830, and at the Presbyterian theological seminary in Columbia, South Carolina, in 1833. His life was devoted to the ministry until the failure of his health in 1865, when he applied himself to literature. Before this he had published " Little Josephine," a Sunday-school story (New York, 1844); and " Robert and Harold, or the Young Marooners on the Florida Coast," a story of adventure for boys (Philadelphia, 1852). The latter attained great popularity in the United States and Great Britain, where it was reprinted by six different publishers. An enlarged edition was published in Georgia during the war and in Philadelphia in 1866. After retiring from the pulpit he published " Marooners' Island" (Philadelphia, 1868); "Frank Gordon " (1869) ; "Fishing and Fishes"; "Life Scenes from the Gospel History"; and "Woodruff Stories" (1870).
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