Elton, Romeo, Dd
Elton, Romeo, D.D.
a Baptist minister and scholar, was born at Burlington, Connecticut, in 1790. He graduated from Brown University in 1813, engaged in teaching for two or three years; was ordained at Newport, R.I., June 11, 1817; became pastor of the Second Baptist Church there, but resigned in 1822 on account of his health, and two years after was settled in Windsor, Vermont. Being professor of Greek and Latin in Brown University, he spent about two years abroad, chiefly in Germany, in study, and assumed his chair in 1827. He retired from his office in 1843, and in 1845 took up his residence in Exeter, in the south of England, where he remained twenty-two years; then removed to Bath, where he lived two years, during all which period he preached almost constantly in the vacant pulpits of Baptist and Independent churches, and wrote for the press. For several years he was one of the editors of the Eclectic Review. He returned to America in 1869, and died in Boston, Massachusetts, February 5, 1870. He left by his will, among other bequests, one of $20,000 to Brown University to establish a professorship of natural theology, and nearly as much to Columbian University to establish a professorship of intellectual and moral philosophy. Among his published writings may be found an edition of Callender's Century Sermon: — a volume of President Maxcy's Remains (1844): — and a Life of Roger Williams (1853). (J.C.S.)