Rufus Babcock, D. D., an American clergyman, born at North Colebrook, Conn., Sept. 18, 1798. He graduated at Brown university in 1821, and was for two years tutor in Columbian college, D. C. In 1823 he was ordained pastor of the Baptist church at Poughkeepsie, N. Y.; in 1826 he became pastor in Salem, Mass.; and in 1833 he was elected president of Waterville college, Maine; but his health failing, he resigned in 1836, and accepted the pastorate of the Spruce street Baptist church in Philadelphia, whence he returned after three years to his first charge at Poughkeepsie. He was subsequently pastor of a church in Paterson, N. J., and has held successively the offices of secretary of the American and foreign Bible society, of the American Sunday school union, and of the Pennsylvania colonization society. He edited for five years the "Baptist Memorial," and has published a "Memoir of Andrew Fuller" (1830), "History of Waterville College" (1836), "Tales of Truth for the Young" (1837), "The Emigrant's Mother" (1859), "Memoirs of John M. Peck" (1862), etc.