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F00TE, William Henry, clergyman, born in Colchester, Conn.. 20 December 1794; died at Romney, W. Virginia, 18 November 1869. He was graduated at Yale in 1816. taught school for a short time in Winchester, Virginia, in 1818, and in the same year entered the theological seminary at Princeton, but was compelled to leave by impaired health. He was then licensed to preach, and engaged in missionary labor among the backwoodsmen of the northern neck of Virginity. In 1824 he was ordained pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Romney, W. Virginia, and established at the same time a school for both sexes, which became a large and prosperous institution. In 1838 He was appointed agent of the central board of foreign missions of the Presbyterian Church, and during this work, which led him to visit many counties in the state, he collected the materials for his sketches of Virginia. In 1.845 he returned to Ronmey as pastor and superintendent of the academy, and there continued till 1861, when he became agent for Hampden Sidney College. Although he was a Union man throughout the civil war, he shared the fate of his adopted state, and during the siege of Petersburg was chaplain to a Confederate regiment. At the close of the war he returned to Romney, where he remained till his death. Hampden Sidney gave him the degree of D. D. in 1847. His published works are "Sketches, Historical and Biographical, of the Presbyterian Church in Virginia" (2 vols., Philadelphia, 1850'5), and " Sketches in North Carolina " (New York, 1846).
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