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ADAMS, John F., clergyman, born in Stratham, New Hampshire, 23 May 1790; died in Greenland, New Hampshire, 11 June 1881. He began to preach in 1812, and joined the New England Methodist conference. He served as a circuit rider in the backwoods of Maine, and so distinguished himself by zeal and ability that he was repeatedly assigned as presiding elder to important stations at Boston and Lynn, and the larger towns of eastern New England. In the anti-slavery agitation he took a prominent part in favor of emancipation, and he was four times chosen as a delegate to the general conference.
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