Burlingame, James

Burlingame, James a minister of the so-called Christian denomination, was born at Sterling, Conn., May 13,1794. His opportunities for acquiring an education were of a limited character. When he reached the age of seventeen he was converted, and when twenty-one began to preach. About the time of his baptism, in 1812, a Church had been formed in the west section of the town of Coventry, R. I., where there had been no religious reformation for thirty years. To this Church, after it had passed through various fortunes, Mr. Burlingame was called to be pastor in. 1824, having been ordained April 1, 1821. His ministry with this Church continued for half a century. He died at the residence of his son, in Boston, Aug. 20, 1881. During his long ministry he performed a large amount of itinerant labor, his parish including a hundred square miles. He had a large frame and great physical endurance. He also travelled and preached through all the New England States, more or less in the Middle States, and made two preaching tours through Ohio. the early days of the anti-slavery movement he went to Virginia and the Carolinas for the double purpose of visiting the churches and learning for himself the condition of the slaves. His record as an advocate of temperance is worthy of honorable mention. See Providence Journal, Oct. 4, 1881. (J. C. S.)

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