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BARSTOW, Zedekiah Smith, educator, born in Canterbury, Connecticut, 4 October 1790 ; died in Keene, New Hampshire, 1 March 1873. His father was in Gates's army and a witness of Burgoyne's surrender. He was graduated at Yale in 1813, studied theology under President Dwight, and was principal of Hopkins grammar school in New Haven from 1813 to 1816. He was then chosen tutor and College chaplain of Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, where he remained two years, and was offered a professorship, but declined it. In July 1818, he became pastor of a Congregational Church in Keene, New Hampshire He continued to teach the classics after his settlement at Keene, and the late Chief-Justice Chase was one of his pupils. He was from 1834 to 1871 a trustee of Dartmouth College, secretary for many years of the general association of New Hampshire, a corporate member of the American board of commissioners for foreign missions, and prominent in many of the educational and religious movements of the day. In 1868 and 1869 he was a member of the New Hampshire legislature, and chaplain of that body. He published many sermons, dissertations, and essays, and was a frequent contributor to religious periodicals. Dartmouth College gave him the degree of died D. in 1849.
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