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DURYEE, William Rankin, clergyman, born in Newark, New Jersey, 10 April 1838. He was graduated at Rutgers in 1856, and at the New Brunswick seminary in 1861, and ordained in Bergen, New Jersey, in 1862. In 1862'3 he was a chaplain in the army, and after a brief pastorate at East Williamsburg became in 1864 pastor of the Reformed Church at Lafayette, Jersey City, N.J. He has published a premium tract for soldiers, entitled " Sentinels for the Soul " (New York, 1862); " Our Mission Work Abroad," "Centennial Discourses of the Reformed Church" (1876); and critical essays and poems in religious journals. His song of " The Kingdom of Home" was awarded a prize.
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