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History of Amenia, (Dutchess County) New York
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Biography of John Jackson Brown
John Jackson Brown, educator, was born at Amenia, Dutchess county, N.Y., Feb. 7, 1820. He was licensed to preach in the Methodist Episcopal church, and presided over various pastorates in New York state. From 1857 to 1859 he was professor of natural sciences in Dansville seminary, and from 1859 to 1863 was principal of the school. In the last named year he accepted a similar position in the seminary of the East Genesee conference, and remained there until 1865, when he was called to the chair of natural science in the Falley seminary, Fulton, N. Y. This position he resigned in 1870 to become professor of physics and industrial mechanics in Cornell university, and remained there until 1871, when, on the establishment of Syracuse university, he accepted a similar chair in that institution. In 1889 ill-health compelled him to relinquish the active duties of his professorship, and he was appointed professor emeritus. The degrees A.M. and LL.D. were conferred upon him. He edited Humphrey's Journal of Photography for five years, and a department of the Northern Christian Advocate for ten years. He died at Syracuse, N. Y., Aug. 15, 1891.
The Biography of Hollis Burke Frissell
Hollis Burke Frissell, educator, was born in Amenia, N.Y., July 14, 1851; son of the Rev. Amasa C. and Lavinia (Barker) Frissell, and a descendant of Capt. William Frissell, and Capt. William Barker, both soldiers in the Revolutionary war. He was educated at Dr. Dwight's school, New York city, and at Phillips academy, Andover, Mass. He was graduated from Yale in 1874, taught in a school on the Hudson, 1874-76, and was graduated from Union theological seminary in 1879. He was ordained by the Presbytery of Newark, Oct. 12. 1880, and was assistant pastor of the Madison Avenue Presbyterian church, New York city, in 1880; chaplain of the Hampton normal and agricultural institute, Hampton, Va., 1880-93, and was elected principal of the same in 1893. He received the degree of D.D. from Harvard in 1893, and was elected a member of the Century association, New York, in 1899.
Albert Sanford Hunt Biography
Albert Sanford Hunt, clergyman, was born in Amenia, N.Y., July 3, 1827; son of Joseph D. and Clara (Benton) Hunt; grandson of the Rev. Aaron Hunt, and a descendant of a family of English Quakers, who settled in Westchester county, N.Y. He was prepared for college at Amenia seminary, and was graduated at Wesleyan university in 1851. He was tutor there, 1851-53; adjunct professor of moral science and belles lettres, 1853-55; and pastor of Hillside chapel, Rhinebeck, N.Y., 1855-56. He visited Europe for the benefit of his health in 1856, and resided at Rhinebeck and Amenia, 1856-59. In 1859, his health being improved, he joined the New York conference of the Methodist Episcopal church, and was at once transferred to the New York East conference. He was in Brooklyn, N.Y., as pastor of the Nathan Bangs (later the New York Avenue) church, 1859-61; the South Fifth Street (later St. John's) M.E. church, 1861-63; the First Place church, 1863-66; the Washington Street church, 1866-69; the Hanson Place church, 1869-72; the First Place church, 1872-75; and the Pacific Street church, 1875-78. He was corresponding secretary of the American Bible society, 1878-98. He was elected to the general conference of the Methodist Episcopal church, 1872, 1876, and 1884; was chairman of the fraternal delegation to the general conference of the Methodist Episcopal church, south, at Louisville, Ky., in 1874; was a delegate to the Methodist centennial conference at Baltimore, Md., in 1884; was a delegate from the Methodist Episcopal church to the Irish and British Wesleyan conferences in 1868, and was a delegate to the Second Ecumenical Methodist conference at Washington, D.C., in 1891. He was offered various pastoral and educational positions, including the pastorate of the American chapel at Paris and a professorship at the U.S. Military academy, West Point. He was a trustee of Wesleyan university, 1888-98; treasurer of the board of trustees of the New York East conference, 1884-98; member of the board of managers of the Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal church, 1866-98; member of the board of education of the Methodist Episcopal church, 1884-98, and recording secretary, 1889-98, He received the honorary degree of D.D. from Wesleyan university in 1873. He bequeathed to Wesleyan the sum of $30,000 to form a permanent library fund, and gave to tbe library his books, amounting to over five thousand volumes. He also gave to the American Bible society $10,000; to the Methodist General hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y., $5000, and to the Missionary Society of the Methodist church and the Brooklyn Methodist Church Home $1000 each. He never married. He died in Brooklyn, N.Y., Sept. 11, 1898.
William Henry Platt Biography
William Henry Platt, clergyman and author, was born in Amenia, Duchess county, N.Y., April 16, 1821. He was admitted to the bar in 1840, and practised in Alabama until 1844, when he began his preparation for holy orders. He was admitted to the diaconate in 1851, and advanced to the priesthood in 1852; was rector of St. Paul's, Selma, Ala.; Grace church, Petersburg, Va.; at Louisville, Ky.; San Francisco, Cal., and of St. Paul's church in Rochester, N.Y. He resided in the missionary jurisdiction of Olympia after 1892. He received the degree D.D. in 1878, and LL.D. later, from the College of William and Mary. He is the author of: Art Culture (1873); Influence of Religion in the Development of Jurisprudence (1877); After Death, what? (1878); Unity of Law or Legal Morality (1879); God out and Man in, a reply to Robert G. Ingersoll (1883). He died in Petersburg, Va., Dec. 18, 1898.
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Amenia is situated 173 meters above sea level.