Tillinghast, Nicholas Power

Tillinghast, Nicholas Power an Episcopal clergyman, was born in Providence, R. I., March 3, 1817. He was fitted for college chiefly by Mr. (afterwards Prof.) G. W. Keely, of Waterville College, and was graduated from Brown University in the class of 1837. On leaving college, he went to Society Hill, S. C., where he spent two years in superintending the education of a nephew (1837-39). The next three years (1839-42), he pursued his theological studies at the Theological Seminary at Alexandria, Va., and was ordained deacon and presbyter in the same year (1842) by bishop Meade, and became assistant minister of the Monumental Church, in Richmond, Va. He remained here but a short time, being called to the rectorship of the Episcopal Church at Society Hill, where he continued his most acceptable services for two years. Failing health led him to resign, and he went abroad, spending eighteen months in Europe. After his return, he did not settle for two or three years, but supplied pulpits in Washington, Marblehead (Mass.), and in Philadelphia, and in 1848 became rector of St. John's Church, in Georgetown, D. C., where he had a happy and useful ministry for nearly twenty years (1848- 67). A severe injury which he sustained in Groton, Conn., which made necessary the amputation of a limb, so affected his health that he was unable again to settle as a minister, although he officiated as a temporary supply as occasion offered. In the seclusion of his study he spent much time engaged in congenial studies. He made a translation of a large part of Cicero's De Officiis, and also translated from the German some things in which he was interested. He died near Philadelphia, Aug. 7, 1869. (J. C.S.)

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