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PARKINSON, William, clergyman, born in Frederick county, Maryland, 8 November, 1774; died in New York city, 10 March, 1848. He was employed for several years as a clerk and a teacher, and on 1 April, 1798, was ordained as a Baptist minister. In 1801 he was chosen chaplain to congress, and he was re-elected for two successive years. In April, 1805, he became pastor of the 1st Baptist church, New York city, where he remained till his resignation in 1840, and in 1841 he was appointed pastor of the Bethesda Baptist church in New York, which relationship he retained till his death. During his period of greatest activity as a preacher his usefulness was much impaired by reports that re-fleeted on his moral character, and, though a legal investigation resulted favorably to him, his future ministry was to a great extent a failure. He published " Ecclesiastical History" (New York, 1813); " Public Ministry of the World," a treatise (1818); and "Sermons on Deut. XXXII." (2 vols., 1831).
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