Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Strong, Titus

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STRONG, Titus, clergyman, b. in Brighton, Mass., 26 Jan., 1787; d. in Greenfield, Mass., in June, 1855. At the age of fourteen he went into a printing-office in Northampton, Mass., to learn the trade, and continued there for four years. Next he began the study of law, but gave it up by reason of failing health. He taught in various places, and began to study theology in 1807. Although of a Congregationalist family, he sought for orders in the Protestant Episcopal church in 1812. He was ordained deacon in Dedham, Mass., 24 March, 1814, by Bishop Griswold, and priest in St. James's church, Greenfield, 7 April, 1814, by the same bishop. He became rector of the church in Greenfield, and held that post during the rest of his life. Trinity gave him the degree of D. D. in 1839. Dr. Strong aided in the growth of the Episcopal church in Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire. He published “Tears of Columbia, a Political Poem” (1812); “A Candid Examination of the Episcopal Church” (1818); “Young Scholar's Manual” (1821); “The Deerfield Captive, a Tale for Children” (1831); and “A Sermon on the Death of Rev. Dr. William Croswell ” (Boston, 1851). He also published occasional sermons and addresses, and contributed freely to journals and magazines on religious and other topics.