Dodge, Orrin, Dd
Dodge, Orrin, D.D.
a Baptist minister, was born in Litchfield County, Connecticut, in 1803. He was baptized by Bishop Griswold, and received his early religious training in the Protestant Episcopal Church. In 1815 he removed to central New York, attending school and working on a farm. From the age of seventeen to twenty-six he taught school; for three years was in a public position in West Troy, and then for several years in active mercantile business. Being converted in 1831, he was licensed in 1833, and ordained at Sand Lake, in May 1834, remaining there three years. His other pastorates were Maysville, nine years, West Troy, two years, and Ballston, two years. In 1848 he was appointed secretary for missions for the New York Baptist Convention, and, about a year after, agent for collecting funds for the American Baptist Missionary Union, in which position, through a long term, he exhibited rare executive abilities. For five years he was laid aside from his labors by paralysis, and died at the residence of his daughter, in the city of New York, May 17, 1884. See Cathcart, Bapt. Encyclop. p.p. 340. (J.C.S.)