Blake, John L
Blake, John L., a learned divine of the Protestant Episcopal Church, was born at Northwood, N. H.. in 1788, and graduated at Brown University in 1812. He was for about twelve years the principal of a young ladies' school, during which time he published a number of popular text-books. A peculiar feature of his books, and which greatly contributed to their popularity, was the introduction of printed questions at the bottom of each page, a plan which has since been frequently adopted. Blake was also the author of many sermons and numerous theological orations and addresses, of a Family Encyclopedia, and a General Biographical Dictionary (9th ed. 1857). He was, in succession, rector of Protestant Episcopal churches at Providence, Concord, and Boston. He died at Orange, N. J., July 6, 1857.- Allibone, Dict. of Authors, s.v.