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years have woi shipped together in that com-
munion. Politically, he is a republican, and has
been a faithful worker in the party ever since
its formation.

He was married, December 20, 1817, to Har-
mony Doty, daughter of Ebenezer Doty. Her
father was a soldier in the War of 1812, and her
brother, Edward Doty, was one of the "forty-
niners."

To Mr. and Mrs. Huggins was born, September
2, 18.52, one son, Frank Doty.

CHARLES WESLKY LEFFIXJWKLL. I>. 1).

Charles Wesley Leffingwell, Rector of
St. Mary's School, Knoxville, is distinguished as
an educator and an organizer. In his connec-
tion with the cause of education, he is entitled
to be remembered as a benefactor of the race.

Dr. Leflingwell is a New Englander by birth,
and was born December 5, 1840. He is the son
of Rev. Lyman and Sarah Chapman (Brown)
Leffingwell, natives of Connecticut. His father
was brought up on the farm, and received his
education mainly in the public schools. After
arriving at maturity, he was educated in the
higher branches and was fitted for the ministry
in the Methodist church. After a successful
ministration tor many years in different par-
ishes, he died in Knoxville, Illinois, in 1880, at
the age of seventy-one.

The first of the family in this country was
Lieutenant Thomas Leffingwell, who was a
leader in the colony which settled in Norwich.
Connecticut, in 163.5. He was very friendly with
Uncas and his Mohegan followers, and once
saved this tribe from their enemies, the
Pequots. Dr. Leffingwell traces his descent
from Lieutenant Leffingwell. His grandfather
was Joseph Leffingwell, who was born in Nor-
wich. Connecticut.

xn his youth. Dr. Leflingwell had the usual
advantages of the New England public schools.
He supplemented this instruction by attending
Temple School at New Haven, where he was
fitted to enter Vale College. He finally chose
Union College at Schenectady. New York,
instead of Yale, entering the Sophomore class.
He did not graduate here. By too close applica-
tion to study, he had impaired his health, and.
consequently, was unable to finish his course.
He came to Illinois, whither his parents had
preceded him a short time before. On his arri-
val, he did not long remain idle, and, although
only seventeen years of age, he engaged in
teaching near Dundee, Kane County. His next
service as a teacher was in the Military Insti-
tute at Kirkwood, Missouri, where he remained
one season. He then accompanied Rev. Benja-
min Eaton to Galveston. Texas, with whom he
remained several years. Here he taught a select
school, and at the same time, held the office
of Deputy City and County Surveyor. He re-
mained at Galveston until the commencement of
the Civil War, when he returned to Illinois. He
then matriculated at Knox College with an
advanced standing, and graduated with high



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honors iu the class of 1862. His Alma Mater
has since shown her appreciation of his scholar-
ship and ability by conferring upon him, in
1875, the degree of Doctor of Divinity.

After graduation, he became connected with
the Military Institute at Poughkeepsie, New
Yorli. as Vice-Principal — Dr. C. B. Waring being
Principal. During his three years' service here,
his aspirations for the Episcopal ministry
seemed to shape the destiny of his future life-
worlj. Immediately he put himself under the
instruction of Rev. Dr. Traver, of Poughl



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