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PROUDFIT, Alexander Monerief, clergyman, born in Pequea, Pennsylvania, 10 November, 1770; died in New Brunswick, New Jersey, 23 November, 1843. He was graduated at, Columbia in 1792, studied theology under Dr. John H. Livingston, and was pastor of the Associate Reformed church in Salem, New York, from 1794 till 1835. He became secretary of the New York colonization society in the latter year, and held office till his resignation in 1841. Williams gave him the degree of D. D. in 1812. For a short time during his pastorate he was professor of pastoral theology in the Associate Reformed seminary in Newburg, New York He published numerous sermons and addresses, including "The One Thing Needful" (New York, 1804) ; "Ruin and Recovery of Man" (1806); "Theological Works" (4 vols., 1815); and a work on the "Parables" (1820). See a memoir of him by Reverend John Forsyth (New York, 1844).--His son, John Williams, clergyman, born in Salem, New York, 22 September, 1803 ; died in New Brunswick, New Jersey, 9 March, 1870, was graduated at Union in 1828 and at Princeton theological seminary in 1824, and was pastor of the Reformed church in Newburyport in 1827-'33. At the latter date he became professor of latin in the University of New York, and in 1840-'64 he occupied the chair of Greek in Rutgers. Union college gave him the degree of D. D. in 1841. Dr. Proudfit wrote much for ecclesiastical literature, and edited the "New Brunswick Review." He published several sermons, and " Man's Twofold Life" (1862), and edited "A Comedy of Plautus, with English Notes" (1843).
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