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FORSTER, William, missionary, born in Tottenham, England, in 1784; died in Knox County, Tennessee, in 1854. In 1803 he became a minister of the Society of Friends, and thenceforth his life was devoted to missionary and benevolent labors throughout the British Isles, the continent of Europe, and the United States. He first visited the latter country in 1820, again about 1840 and for the last time in 1853, when he had interviews with the president and several governors of southern states about the condition of the slaves. He was wealthy, noted for his benevolence, and was the intimate friend of Elizabeth Fry, Sir Fowell Buxton, and Joseph John Gurney. He was the father of the British statesman, William Edward Forster. He published "A Christian Exhortation to Sailors, etc." (London, 1856). See " Memoirs of William Forster" (London, 1865).
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