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PARET, William, P. E. bishop, born in New York city, 23 September, 1826. He was graduated at Hobart college in 1849, studied for orders under the personal supervision of Bishop William H. Delancey, was made deacon in 1852, and ordained priest in 1853. He was rector successively of churches in Clyde, New York, in 1852-'4, Pierrepont Manor, New York, 1854-'64, East Saginaw, Michigan, in 1864-'6, Elmira, New York, in 1866-'8, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in 1868-'76, and Washington, D. C., in 1876-'84. In the last-named year he was elected to the see of Maryland to succeed Bishop William Pinkney, who died in 1883, and was consecrated in the Church of the Epiphany, Washington, D. C., 8 January, 1885. He received the degree of D. D. from Hobart in 1867, and that of LL. D. from the same institution in 1886.--His brother, Thomas Dunkin, inventor, born in New York city, 20 December, 1837, was educated first in classical schools in his native city, and from 1860 till 1865 studied at the University of Edinburgh, .Scotland, giving special attention to chemistry. While still a student he began a series of experiments, chemical and mechanical, the main object of which was the utilization of waste products, especially the transformation of animal substances, like hide, horn, tortoise-shell, and leather. He developed processes for the treatment of waste leather which fitted it for the lining of petroleum-barrels and fire-proof safes, and for use, under the name of "tanite," as a substitute for jet and ebonite in the manufacture of jewelry and fancy articles, and as a. base for solid emery-wheels. He has taken a leading part in the development and extension of grinding processes, and has been president of the Tanite company at Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, which manufactures emery-wheels, since its organization in 1867. He has contributed many technical articles to scientific periodicals.
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