Clough, Simon

Clough, Simon, a distinguished minister of the Christian Connection, was born at Monmouth, Me., in 1798, and employed on his father's farm till nearly twenty years of age. In 1812 he sought an academic training; in 1814, experienced conversion. He continued his studies first at a private seminary in Winthrop, and subsequently at the academy in Hebron, where his application to the Greek and Latin was so intense that his eyesight failed him, and he was obliged to refrain from books for several years. He began to preach in 1817; was soon after ordained as an evangelist, and, having gathered several new churches between Kennebec and Penobscot rivers, supplied, during the winter of 1818-19, the pulpit of the Christian Society at East-port. In the spring he visited Portland; thence removed to Boston. where he remained till 1824. In that year he went to New York, and established the first Christian Connection Church in that city. In 1833 lie removed to Fall River, Mass., and in 1837 to the state of New Jersey, where his preaching was followed by remarkable success. He died May 20,1844. Mr. Clough was distinguished for deep piety, strong mental powers, and great fidelity in the discharge of all his duties. He published A Series of Articles and Discourses, Doctrinal, Practical, and Experimental (N. Y. 1843, 8vo). See The Christian Examiner (Boston), 1847, p. 227.

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