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GAMMELL, William, educator, born in Medfield, Massachusetts, 10 February, 1812. He was graduated at Brown in 1831, and for the three years following" was a tutor there. He was chosen professor of rhetoric and English literature in 1835, and in 1880 was transferred to the chair of history and political economy. In 1859 Rochester University gave him the degree of LL.D. Professor Gammell's service in Brown University covered a term of thirty years. Since his retirement from the university in 1864 he has devoted much attention to the affairs of various educational and charitable institutions. He has written a life of Roger Williams (Boston, 1846), and one of Governor Samuel Ward, for Sparks's "American Biographies": also . . . a "History of American Baptist Missions, at the request of the American Baptist missionary union. For a time he was one of the editors of the "Christian Review," and he has written extensively for that and other periodicals.
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