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MORGAN, William Ferdinand, clergyman, born in Hartford, Connecticut, 21 December, 1817. He was graduated at Union college in 1837, and at the General theological seminary, New York city, in 1840. He was made deacon in 1841, and was assistant in Trinity church, New Haven, until 1842, when he was ordained priest. In 1844 he became rector of Christ church, Norwich, Connecticut, where he aided in erecting a new church edifice. In 1857 he was called to St. Thomas's church, New York city, which charge he still (1888) holds, and which was removed from Broadway and Houston street to Fifth avenue and Fifty-third street in 1870. In 1864 Dr. Morgan went abroad by episcopal appointment to preach the sermon at the consecration of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Paris, the first Protestant Episcopal church on the continent. This sermon, describing the historical basis of the American church and the struggles of reformation in France, was published (Paris, 1864). In 1857 Columbia gave him the degree of S. T. D.
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