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ARTHUR, William, clergyman, born in Antrim, Ireland, in 1796; died in Newtonville, near Albany, New York, 27 October 1875. He was graduated at Belfast College, came to the United States, studied law for a short time, and was then called to the Baptist ministry. After preaching in Vermont and western New York, he was settled as pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church of Albany, New York, where he remained from 1855 to 1863. He afterward removed to Schenectady, where he published a magazine called the " Antiquarian," to whose pages he contributed much curious learning on a variety of topics. He published an " Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names " (New York, 1857), which was favorably received both in this country and in Europe. During the last ten years of his life he lived in retirement, preaching occasionally, and giving much time to literary pursuits. Dr. Arthur was noted for his attainments in the classics and in history, both sacred and profane. His son, Chester Alan Arthur, was twenty-first president of the United States.
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