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PITTENGER, William, soldier, born in Knoxville, Jefferson County, Ohio, 31 January, 1840. He studied in the county schools until he had reached the age of sixteen, and enlisted as a private in the 2d Ohio volunteer infantry on 17 April, 1861. He served in the battle of Bull Run, and took part in the noted Andrews railroad raid which began on 7 April, 1862. He escaped execution as a spy, was imprisoned until 18 March, 1863, received a medal of honor, was promoted lieutenant, and returned to the army, in which he served until impaired health forced him to resign in August, 1863. In 1864 he entered the Pittsburg conference of the Methodist Episcopal church, and in 1870 was transferred to the New Jersey conference, in which he now (1888) labors.' Since 1878 he has been a professor in the National school of elocution and oratory in Philadelphia. He is the author of " Daring and Suffering, a History of the Great Railroad Adventurers" (Philadelphia, 1863; enlarged ed., New York, 1887) ; "Oratory, Sacred and Secular" (Philadelphia, 1881); and "Extempore Speech" (1882).
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