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Leonard, Zenas Lockwood

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a Baptist preacher, was born at Bridgewater, Mass., January 16, 1773. In June, 1790, he was converted, and shortly after joined the church in Middleborough. In May, 1792, he entered the sophomore class of Brown University, and graduated with honor in 1794. On leaving college he commenced a course of theological study with Rev. W. Williams, of Wrentham, Mass. In 1796 he was ordained pastor of the Baptist church in Sturbridge, Mass. The next year he opened a grammar-school, which he continued for several years. Mr. Leonard was active in procuring a division of the Warren, R. I., Baptist Association, Nov. 3,1801, and the formation of the Sturbridge Association, Sept. 30, 1802. He was particularly active in promoting prominent benevolent objects, especially the Sabbath-school, the temperance cause, African colonization, and missions. On Oct. 13,1832, he was, by his own request, dismissed from the charge of his congregation. For six terms he represented his district in the councils of the state. Mr. Leonard manifested supreme deference to the authority, truth, and spirit of the Gospel; stability of purpose; ullcompromising advocacy of the cause of freedom, righteousness, and public virtue; and unwearied activity ill performing the various duties of his profession. His piety was of steady progress, ripening continually until his death. He died June 24,1841. The only printed productions of his pen, with the exception of contributions to various periodicals, are the Circular Letters to the Association for the years 1802, 1810, 1822, and 1825. Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, 6:347 sq.

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Leonard, Zenas Lockwood'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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