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PEAB0DY, Andrew Preston, clergyman, born in Beverly, Massachusetts, 19 March, 1811. He was graduated at Harvard in 1826, and, after studying three years in the divinity-school and serving one year as mathematical tutor in the university, succeeded in 1833 Reverend Dr. Nathan Parker as pastor of the South parish (Unitarian) church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire He held this pastorate till 1860, when he was appointed preacher to the university and professor of Christian morals, and this relation was maintained till the commencement season of 1881, when resigning to give his whole time to the completion of literary work that had been long in hand, he was given an emeritus appointment. In 1862 and again during the academic year of 1868-'9 he was acting president of the university. From student days he has been an active literary worker. He wrote sixty leading articles in "The Whig Review" in 1837-'59, was editor of the "North American Review" in 1852-'61, and has contributed frequently to "The Christian Examiner," " The New England Magazine," " The American Monthly," and other religious and educational publications. Besides more than a hundred special sermons, addresses, and orations, he has published "Lectures on Christian Doctrine " (Boston, 1844) ; "Sermons of Consolation " (184'7) ; "Conversation : its Faults and its Graces" (1856); "Christianity the Religion of Nature" (1864); "Sermons for Children" (1866) ; "Reminiscences of European Travel" (New York, 1868); "Manual of Moral Philosophy "; " Christianity and Science" (Boston, 1874) ; "Christian Belief and Life" (18'75) ; and " Harvard Reminiscences" (1888). He has also compiled a Sunday-school hymn-book (1840), and edited, with memoirs, the writings of James Ken-nard, Jr. (1847) ; Reverend Jason Whitman (1849) ; John W. Foster (1852) ; Charles A. Cheerer, M. D. (1854) ; and William Plummer and William Plummer, Jr. (1857). He received the degree of D. D. from Harvard in 1852, and LL. D. from the University of Rochester in 1863.
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