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PLATT, William Henry, clergyman, born in Amenia, Dutchess County, New York, 16 April, 1821. He received a good education, was admitted to the bar in 1845, and for four years practised in Alabama. He was ordained deacon in the Protestant Episcopal church in 1851, and priest in 1852, held rectorships in Selma, Alabama, Petersburg, Virginia, Louisville, Kentucky, and San Francisco, California, and became rector of St. Paul's church. Rochester, New York, in 1882. William and Mary gave him the degree of D. D. in 1878, and also that of LL.D. Dr. Platt's publications include" Art Culture" (1872) ; "After Death, what ?"; "Unity of Law or Legal Ethics" (delivered in the Law college of California, 1879) ; "God out, and Man in," a reply to Robert G. Ingersoll (1884); "The Philosophy of the Supernatural" (Paddock lectures for 1886); and "Influence of Religion in the Development of Jurisprudence" (1888).
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