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GOODELL, William, missionary, born in Templeton, Massachusetts, 14 February, 1792; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 18 February, 1867. He was graduated at Dartmouth in 1817, spent the three years following in the Andover theological seminary, and in 1822 sailed for the Island of Malta, as a missionary. After a year spent there in the study of languages, he proceeded to Beirut, where he remained five years, enduring many hardships and dangers, the town being plundered, his house sacked by Bedouin Arabs, and his life threatened, after the repulse of the Greeks in March, 1826. Mr. Goodell went, in 1831, to Constantinople, where he labored especially among the Armenians. During his twenty-nine years of missionary life Dr. Goodell was compelled to change his residence thirty-three times. The crowning work of his life, to which he devoted the greater part of his time during the fifteen years preceding its publication, was the translation of the Scriptures from the original Greek and Hebrew into Armeno-Turkish. The Old Testament was completed in 1841, and the New Testament about two years afterward. He spent several years' additional labor upon the work, and finished its revision in 1863. Enfeebled by age and long residence in the east, he returned to the United States in 1865. He had received the degree of D. D. from Hamilton College in 1854. During the remaining years of his life he contributed to the New York "Observer" a series of papers entitled "Reminiscences of the Missionary's Early Life," which he did not live to complete.--His wife, Abigail P., born in Holden, Massachusetts, in 1799" died in Philadelphia, 11 July, 1871, gave her husband efficient aid in his work.--Their son, William, physician, born in Malta, 17 October, 1829, was graduated at Williams in 1851, and at Jefferson medical College in 1854. He first practiced his profession for six years in Constantinople, when he returned to the United States, establishing himself at West Chester, Pennsylvania In 1865 he removed to Philadelphia, where after lecturing for three years in the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania, he was, in 1874, appointed clinical professor of the diseases of women and children. Dr. Goodell has been a prolific writer on subjects connected with his specialty, and is the author of "Lessons in Gynaecology " (Philadelphia, 1886).--Another son, Henry Hill, educator, born in Constantinople, 20 May, 1839, was graduated at Amherst in 1862. He entered the army and served until 1863, when he was aide-de-camp on the staff of Colonel Bissell, of the 19th army corps. He taught the modern languages at Williston seminary, Easthampton, Massachusetts, in 1864--'7, and afterward in the Massachusetts agricultural College at Amherst, of which institution he was chosen president, 1 July, 1866. He is the author of a " Biographical Record of the Class of Sixty-two " (Amherst) and of a "Compilation of Historic Fiction" (Amherst, 1876).
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