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MITCHELL, Nahum, jurist, born in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, 12 February, 1769; died there, 1 August, 1853. He was graduated at Harvard in 1789, and after studying law its Plymouth, Massachusetts, was admitted to the bar in November, 1792. He settled in the practice of his profession in his native place; and was elected to both houses of the legislature between 1803 and 1824. He was also elected to congress, serving from 17 October, 1803, till 3 March, 1805, and was judge of the court of common pleas in 1811-'21, the last two years of which he was chief justice. He was a member of the governor's council in 1814-'20. During 1822-'7 he was treasurer of Massachusetts, and in 1827 chairman of the commission for exploring and surveying the country from Boston and Albany for a railroad route. Judge Mitchell was one of the commission to settle the boundary-lines between Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and later for settling the line between Massachusetts and Connecticut. He was librarian and treasurer of the Massachusetts historical society, and long president of the Bible society in Plymouth county. His love of music began in early life, and never left him. He was leader of the church choir in his native town and a teacher of music. He was also wall known as a composer, and much of his work became exceedingly popular. Judge Mitchell prepared a "Grammar of Music," and published in the Boston "Euterpeiad" a series of articles on the " History of Music." Besides this, he published two volumes of church music, " The Brattle Street Collection " (Boston, 1810) and "The Bridgewater Collection of Sacred Music"(1812). More than 100,000 copies of this were sold. His "History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater" (Boston, 1840) is a valuable contribution to the history of New England.--His grandson, Edward Cushing, educator, born in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, 20 September, 1829. He was graduated at Waterville college, Maine, its 1849, and at Newton theological seminary in 1853, ordained to the Baptist ministry in Calais, Maine, in 1854, and was a pastor there for three years, and subsequently in Rockford, Illinois, for five years. In 1862-!9 he was professor of biblical interpretation in Shurtleff college, Illinois In 1870 he accepted the professorship of Hebrew in the Baptist theological seminary at Chicago, where he continued for eight years. He then served for some time as professor of biblical interpretation in Regent's park Baptist college, London, England, and afterward became president of the Baptist theological school of Paris, France, which post he resigned in 1882. In 1884-'5 he was president of Roger Williams university, Nashville, Tennessee, and in 1887 became president of Leland university, New Orleans, Louisiana He received the degree of D. D. from Colby university in 1870. Dr. Mitchell delivered in 1883 the course of lectures on "Biblical Science and Modern Discovery" before the Lowell institute, Boston, and edited during 1883-'4 "The Present ACE." He has published "Guide to the Authenticity, Canon, and Text of the New Testament" (Andover, 1881) ; "Les sources du Nouveau Testament " (Paris, 1882); and "Hebrew Introduction" (Andover, 1883); and edited Benjamin Davies's Hebrew lexicon (1880) and his edition of Gesenius's Hebrew grammar (1881).
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