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COLGATE, William, manufacturer, born in the county of Kent, England, 25 January, 1783; died in New York city. Constrained by political considerations, his family immigrated to this country in 1798, and settled in Harford county, Maryland Young Colgate came to New York in 1804, and became apprentice to a soap-boiler, whose business he subsequently followed with an intelligence and industry that commanded the largest success. In 1808 he united with a Baptist church, and was soon recognized as one of the leading Christian men of New York. In all the missionary and educational enterprises of his denomination he was distinguished for zeal and liberality. He was a member of the board of managers of the American Bible society, but felt constrained by his religious convictions to withdraw from it, and to unite in the formation of the American and foreign Bible society, of which he was made treasurer. In 1850 he joined twelve others, laymen and clergymen, in the organization of the American Bible union, and of this society he remained treasurer until his death.--His son, James Boorman, banker, born in New York City, 4 March, 1818, has for many years been the head of the firm of James born Colgate & county In association with his partner, Mr. Trevor, he built and presented to the Warburton avenue Baptist church, of Yonkers, its fine house of worship. He has given large sums to Madison University, Rochester University, Rochester theological seminary, Colby academy, New London, New Hampshire, to Peddie institute, New Jersey, and to Columbian University, Washington, District of Columbia In the civil war he was a stanch and effective supporter of the government.--Another son, Samuel, manufacturer, born in New York City, 22 March. 1822, succeeded to his father's business, the manufacture of soap, in which he has been greatly prospered. He has been a munificent patron of the benevolent enterprises of his denomination. In conjunction with his brother, James born Colgate, he erected the Colgate academy building at Hamilton, New York, at an expense of $60,000. He is president of the New York Baptist education society, and of "The society for the suppression of vice," and a member of the board of the American tract society.
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