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OAKEN, Uriah, clergyman, born in England in 1631; died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 25 July, 1681. He was brought to America in 1634, and while yet very young published in Cambridge a series of astronomical calculations. He was graduated at Harvard in 1649, and, after concluding his theological studies, preached for a short time at Rexbury, and then went to England and was settled as a minister at Tichfield, Hampshire. In 1662 he was forbidden, as a non-conformist, to preach, but he found an asylum among friends, and afterward presided over another congregation. When Jonathan Mitchell died in 1668, he was called to take charge of the church at Cambridge, Massachusetts, and accepted, but did not begin his pastoral labors till 8 November, 1671. After the death of Dr. Leonard Hoar he assumed the duties of president of Harvard college, 7 April, 1675, but was not formally inaugurated until 2 February, 1680. His commencement sermons are noted for the purity of their Latinity. He published some sermons and a Latin eulogy and an elegy in English verse on his friend Thomas Shepard (Cambridge, 1677).--His brother. Thomas, physician, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 18 June, 1644; died in Eastham, Massachusetts, 15 July, 1719, was graduated at Harvard in 1662, studied medicine in London, England, and became eminent as a physician. He was a representative in the provincial assembly in 1689, and was chosen speaker. Subsequently he was a member of the council, was agent for Massachusetts in England in 1692, when the new charter was framed, and was again a representative in 1706.
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