Smith, Eli Burnham, Dd

Smith, Eli. Burnham, D.D., a distinguished minister of the Baptist denomination, was born in Shoreham, Vt., April 16, 1803, and was a graduate of Middlebury College in the class of 1823. He pursued his theological studies at Andover and Newton, Mass., where he was graduated in the class of 1826. He was ordained as pastor of the Baptist Church in Buffalo, N.Y., where he remained three years, and then was pastor at Poultney, Vt., for four years. He was elected president of the New Hampton Literary and Theological Institution (now Fairfax Institution) in 1833. Here he remained for nearly twenty-eight years — 1833-61. In this position he devoted himself with great zeal and self-denial to his work, and sent forth from the seminary under his charge a large number of ministers, who have done good service in the cause of Christ. President Smith died at Colchester, Vt., Jan. 5, 1861. (J.C.S.)

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