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COIT, Thomas Winthrop, clergyman, born in New London, Connecticut,28 June, 1803; died in Middletown, Connecticut, 21, June, 1885. He was graduated at Yale in 1821. studied for the ministry in the Episcopal church, and became rector of St. Peter's church, Salem, Massachusetts, in 1827; of Christ church, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1829; and of Trinity church, New Rochelle, New York, in 1839. For brief periods he was professor in Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, and president of Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky Soon afterward he accepted the rectorship of St. Paul's church, Troy, New York, which place he held for nearly twenty-five years. In 1854 he was appointed lecturer on ecclesiastical history in the Berkeley divinity school, the duties of which office he discharged in connection with his rectorship in Troy. In 1872 he resigned his church, was appointed professor in the Divinity-school, and removed to Middletown, Connecticut Dr. Coit was one of the best scholars and ablest writers in the Episcopal church. His contributions to church literature were numerous and effective. He published "Remarks on Norton's Statement of Reasons " (1833); "Paragraph Bible " (1834); " Townsend's Bible, Chronologically Arranged, with Notes" (2 vols., 1837-'8); "Puritanism, or a Churchman's Defence against its Aspersions, by an Appeal to its own History" (1845); a monograph in Bishop Perry's "History of the American Episcopal Church," entitled "Puritanism in New England and the Episcopal Church" (1885); together with frequent contributions to periodical literature.
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