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RYDER, William Henry, clergyman, born in Provincetown, Massachusetts, 13 July, 1822; died in Chicago, Illinois, 8 March, 1888. He received no collegiate education, but at, nineteen years of age began to preach the doctrine of universal salvation. At twenty-one he was pastor of the 1st Universalist society in Concord, New Hampshire, and he subsequently preached at Nashua two years, after which he travelled two years in Europe and the Holy Land. On his return he became pastor of the Universalist church in Roxbury, Massachusetts, where he remained ten years. He resigned this post to accept a call to St. Paul's church, Chicago, in 1860. Lombard university gave him the degree of D. D. in 1863. Dr. Ryder bequeathed more than half a million dollars to charitable, educational, and religious institutions. Among the bequests is one that provides for free annual lectures, to be under the control of the pastors of the 1st Universalist, 1st Presbyterian, and 1st Congregational churches and the mayor of Chicago "in aid of the moral and social welfare of the citizens of Chicago, upon an anti-sectarian basis."
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