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Thaddeus Mason Harris
 Thaddeus Mason Harris

From The Clapp Memorial. Boston, 1876, p. 218


The Rev. Thaddeus Mason Harris, D.D., was son of William Harris, of Charlestown, in which place he was born July 7, 1768. He entered Harvard College in 1783, and graduated in 1787. For about a year he had charge of a classical school in Worcester, and in 1791 was appointed Librarian of Harvard University, where he remained until October 23, 1793, when he was ordained minister over the Church and Society in Dorchester. He continued their minister until July 16, 1835, when the parish, acceding to his request, settled with him a colleague (Rev. Nathaniel Hall), and on the 23d of October, 1836, being the forty-third anniversary of his ordination, he resigned his charge and took leave of his people in a sermon which is in print. The Rev. Mr. Hall then assumed the sole charge of the parish, and he continued its minister to the present time (1875). Dr. Harris ?was a man of great sensibility, deep learning, of a poetical turn, was much inclined to wit, and had tears for all the unfortunate. Some of his discourses abounded with pathos and eloquence. He was a member of many of the most important societies in this part of the country.? Of his books, sermons, &c., forty-four were published.

January 28, 1795, Mr. Harris was married to Mary, daughter of Dr. Elijah and Dorothy Dix. In 1803, after a severe fit so sickness, he was induced to undertake a journey to the then newly-formed state of Ohio, which he accomplished on horse-back, receiving therefrom great benefit to his bodily health. His ?Journal? of this tour, published shortly after his return, is a work of rare interest and contains much information.


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