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Reverend Horace James, Commencement speaker

The Reverend Horace James of Worcester, Massachusetts spoke at Commencement. He was known as a lecturer on the subject, "How to enlarge the sphere, bring honor to the profession, and increase the usefulness, of the teacher."

A native of Milford, Massachusetts, Rev. James graduated from Yale College in 1840, and studied theology at Yale and Andover. James was called from Wrentham, MA to be the pastor of Worcester's Old South Church in 1852.  He married Helen Leavitt, of Boston, and they toured Europe for five months in 1858. James was the Secretary of the Worcester Temperance League, promoting" total abstinence from the use of intoxicating liquors as a beverage," and Secretary of the Worcester Lyceum and Library Association and the Natural History Society.  James resigned from his pastorate to become chaplain of the 25th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers, entering the service Oct. 28, 1861, and mustering out Apr. 27, 1864; later he became assistant quartermaster of the Massachusetts Volunteers. He was afterward pastor of the First Congregational Church of Lowell, and an editor and proprietor of The Congregationalist.

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