The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Adams, Nehemiah

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ADAMS, Nehemiah, American Congregational clergyman: b. Salem, Mass., 19 Feb. 1806; d. 6 Oct. 1878. He was graduated at Harvard in 1826, and at Andover Theological Seminary in 1829. The same year he settled at Cambridge, but 1834-70 was pastor of the Essex Street Church in Boston, and was widely reputed for his eloquence and learning. He published several polemic works; a great sensation and much hostile criticism were created by ‘A South Side View of Slavery ’ published in 1854 after a winter in Georgia, in which he lauded slavery as beneficial to the negroes' religious character. He published also a ‘Life of John Eliot.’