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ALDEN, Joseph, educator, born in Cairo, New York, 4 January 1807; died in New York, 30 August 1885. At the age of fourteen he began teaching in a public school and showed great ability in this direction. He was graduated at Union College in 1829, and studied at Princeton theological seminary, where for two years he was tutor. In 1834 he was ordained pastor of the Congregational Church in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and subsequently (1835-'52) became professor of Latin, and then of rhetoric and political economy, in Williams College. From 1852 to 1857 he was professor of mental and moral philosophy at Lafayette College. In 1857 he became president of Jefferson College, and from 1867 to 1872 he was principal of the Albany, New York, normal school. He was a prolific writer, and prepared more than 70 volumes, mostly Sunday-school literature. Among his works are "The Example of Washington," "Citizen's Manual," "Christian Ethics," "The Science of Government," "Elements of Intellectual Philosophy," and "First Steps in Political Economy." He was also a constant contributor to periodical literature and for some time editor of the New York "Observer" and of the Philadelphia ',Christian Library."*His son, William Livingston, author, born in Williams-town, Massachusetts, 9 October 1837, was educated at Lafayette and Jefferson Colleges, graduating in 1858, and then studied law. He was for several years a contributor to the magazines, but has achieved his reputation principally by humorous editorials, of which those in the New York "Times" are the most famous. In 1885 he was appointed United States consul-general at Rome. To him is due the credit of introducing canoeing as a recreation into the United States, and in 1870 he founded the "New York Canoe Club." His published works include " Domestic Explosives" (1878)" "Shooting Stars" (1879); "Canoe and Flying Proa" (1880) ; " The Moral Pirates" (1881) ; "Life of Christopher Columbus " (1882) ; " The Cruise of the Ghost " (1882); "The Cruise of the Canoe Club" (1883); and "Adventures of Jimmy Brown" (1885).
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