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WILSON, William Dexter, clergyman, born in Stoddard, New Hampshire, 28 February, 1816. He was graduated at Walpole academy, where he became teacher of mathematics, entered the Harvard divinity-school in 1835, and was graduated in 1838. Becoming dissatisfied with Unitarianism, he took orders in the Protestant Episcopal church, was ordained deacon in St. Anne's church, Lowell, Massachusetts, 7 April, 1842, by Bishop Griswold, and priest in Trinity church, Rutland, Vermont, 21 September, 1847, by Bishop Hopkins. He was minister of Christ church, Sherburne, New York, from 1842 till 1850, when he was elected professor of moral and intellectual philosophy in Geneva (now Hobart) college. On the opening of Cornell university in 1868, he became professor of philosophy in that institution, which post he held until 1886, when he was retired as emeritus professor. He now resides in Syracuse, New York, and is deacon of St. Andrew's divinity-school in that city. He received the degree of D. D. from Geneva college in 1849, that of LL.D. from Bedford university, Tennessee, in 1868, and that of L. II. D. from the regents of the University of the state of New York in 1872. Dr. Wilson has been active in the affairs of the church in various ways, and has contributed to reviews and magazines during forty years. His chief publications are "The Church Identified " (Utica, 1848); "Elementary Treatise on Logic" (New York, 1856) ; "Psychology, Comparative and Human" (1871) ; "Text-Book of Logic" 0872) ;" Introduction to the Study of the History of Philosophy" (1872) ; "Live Questions in Psychology and Metaphysics" (1877) ; and "The Foundations of Religious Belief," Paddock lectures (1883).
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