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DEAN, William, missionary, born in Eaton, New York, 21 June 1807. He was graduated at the Hamilton literary and theological institution (now Madison University) in 1833, and in the same year was ordained to the Baptist ministry, and sailed from Boston for Siam to engage in missionary work with the Chinese living at Bangkok. In 1842 he transferred his labors to Hong Kong, where he remained until 1845, when he returned to spend a year in this country. He resumed his work in Hong Kong in 1847, and continued it until 1865, when he once more took up his residence in Bangkok. He returned in 1884 to spend his closing days in this country. His long, honorable, and fruitful service as a missionary has few parallels. He has received the degree of D.D. His publications, mainly translations, are all in the Chinese language. They embrace "The New Testament" (Canton, 1847 ; followed by other editions, the first issue being printed by Chinamen from wooden blocks); "Revision of the Pentateuch" (1853); "Commentary on Matthew" (1859); "Commentary on Genesis" (1868); "Commentary on Mark" (1870); "Commentary on Exodus" (1875); Stew's "Daily Manna," and smaller tracts.
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