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Thursday, June 28, 2007

American Baptist Register of 1852 Obituaries

Time to enter those with alphabet of "F":
Fant, E., a much esteemed and useful member of the Bethel Association, S.C.
Farnsworth, Benjamin F., D.D., departed this life near Lexington, Ky., May 4, 1851. Dr. Farnsworth was widely known in the East as well as in the West, as an educator of youth. Having edited the "Christian Watchman," at Boston, a few months, he became, in 1826, Principal ofthe New Hampton Library and Theological Institution. The seven years during which he performed the duties of this office were certainly the most pleasant, if not the most useful years of his life. In 1833, he was called to the Presidency of Georgetown College, Ky. After a short term of service there, he established a school in Louisville, calle the Prather Grove Seminary. He was afterwards President of Union University, Murfreesboro, Tenn. For several years previous to his death, his health was impaired, and much of the time he suffered greatly from mental alienation. From the latter affliction he happily emerged some time previous to his decease. One day, referring to his protracted sufferings of twelve years, he said, "A long sickness, and a slow death." Being asked what his feelings were in prospect of death, he replied, "I am going home; my home is in Heaven." Dr. Farnsworth was not a brillian man, nor was he always wise in his plans. But he had a large heart, and accomplished much, especially in his first years of public service, when his physical strength was unimpaired. Many hundreds yet living remember with interest and gratitude the profit they derived from his care and instructions.



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