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TAYLOR, James Brainerd, clergyman, born in Middle Haddam, Connecticut, 15 April, 1801; died in Hampden Sidney, Virginia, 29 March, 1829. He became a merchant's clerk in New York city after receiving a common-school education, but at the age of eighteen determined to become a minister, and entered the preparatory academy at Lawrenceville, New Jersey. He engaged in missionary work while in school and college, and gained many converts. After his graduation at Princeton in 1826 he studied at Yale divinity-school, taking an active part in the revivals in the neighborhood and in the south, whither he removed on account of failing health. His faith and ardor are commemorated in a " Memoir" by John H, and Benjamin H. Rice, who were near him in his last days at the Theological seminary of Virginia (New York, 1833).-His brother, Fitch Waterman, author, born in Middle Haddam, Connecticut, 4 August, 1803; died in Brooklyn, New York, 23 July, 1865, went to New York city at the age of fifteen with the intention of following a mercantile career, but afterward decided to enter upon the Christian ministry. He was graduated at Yale in 1828, received orders in the Protestant Episcopal church, and was minister of a parish in Maryland till 1841, when he was appointed to a chaplaincy in the navy. At the time of his death he was the senior chaplain in the service. He published, under the title of " The Flag-Ship " (New York, 1840), a narrative of a voyage around the world in the frigate " Columbia," and under that of "The Broad Pennant" (1848) an account of a cruise in the "Cumberland" and of naval operations in the Mexican war.
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