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BARRY, William, author, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 10 January 1805 ; died in Chicago, Illinois, 17 January 1885. He was graduated at Brown in 1822 and studied law, but entered Cambridge divinity school in 1826, and after two years there spent two more in study in Gottingen and Paris. He was ordained pastor of the South Congregational Church, Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1830, and in 1885 took charge of the 1st Church at Framingham. Failing health forced him to give up his charge in 1844, and he traveled in Europe and Asia till 1847, when he returned and took charge of another Church in Lowell. In 1853 his health compelled him to cease work again, and he removed to Chicago. Here he organized the Chicago historical society in 1856, and was its secretary and librarian till 1868. Mr. Barry was one of the most accomplished scholars and ablest writers in the west. It was in his office that President Lincoln obtained the data for his memorable address in Cooper institute, New York. Among his publications are "Rights and Duties of Neighboring Churches"; "Thoughts on Christian Doctrine" (Lowell, Massachusetts, 1845);" History of Framingham" (Boston, 1847); "Antiquities of Wisconsin" (in Wisconsin Historical Collections, vol. iii.) ; and "Letters from the East."*His brother, John Stetson, author, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 26 March 1819, died in St. Louis, Mo., 11 December 1872, was educated in his native City, and was ordained pastor of the Universalist Church in West Amesbury, Massachusetts, in 1838. He preached at Weymouth, Massachusetts, from 1839 to 1841, at West Scituate, Massachusetts, from 1841 to 1844, and subsequently, for a brief period, until the failure of his health, at Pawtucket, Rhode Island He published "Stetson Genealogy" (Boston, 1847) ; "History of Hanover, Massachusetts." (1853); and "History of Massachusetts" (3 vols., 1855-'7). From 1858 till 1860 he was pastor of the Church at Needham, Massachusetts, and editor of "The Universalist," in Boston.
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