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ABBOT, Abiel, clergyman, born in Wilton, New Hampshire, 14 December, 1765; died in West Cambridge, Massachusetts, 31 January, 1859. He was graduated at Harvard in 1787, taught in Phillips Andover academy until 1789, studied theology, and labored as a missionary in Maine. In 1794 he was tutor of Greek in Harvard. He was ordained minister of the church in Coventry, Connecticut, in 1795, from which he was dismissed In 1811, on account of his theological opinions. He taught the Dummer academy until 1819, and then cultivated a farm in North Andover until 1827, when he was installed as pastor of the church at Peterborough, New Hampshire, where he remained until his retirement from the ministry in 1848. He published in 1811 an account of his difficulty with the Coventry congregation, in 1829 a "History of Andover," and in 1847 the "Genealogy of the Abbot Family."
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