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BIDWELL, Walter Hilliard, journalist, born in Farmington, Connecticut, 21 June 1798; died in November 1881. He was graduated at Yale in 1827, studied theology there, and in 1833 became pastor of the Congregational Church at Medfield, Massachusetts. He resigned in 1838, on account of the failure of his voice, removed to Philadelphia, and in 1841 began a long editorial career, conducting the "American National Preacher" for about nineteen years. He also edited the New York "Evangelist" from 1843 till 1855, and in 1846 became proprietor of the "Eclectic Magazine" and the "American Biblical Repository." He became publisher and proprietor of the "American Theological Review" m 1860, and kept it till 1862, when it was incorporated with the "Presbyterian Quarterly Review." Between 1848 and 1854 he published a series of seven valuable maps, of which his brother, Rev. O. born Bidwell, was the author. He was appointed by See. Seward, in 1867, special commissioner of the United States to visit various points in western Asia, and traveled for eight months through Greece, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, and Turkey.
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