Jehudi Ashmun, agent of the American colonization society, born in Champlain, N. Y., in April, 1794, died in New Haven, Conn., Aug. 25, 1828. He graduated at Burlington college in 1816, and after preparing for the ministry was chosen a professor in the theological seminary at Bangor. Removing soon after to the District of Columbia, he engaged in the service of the colonization society, at first as editor of a monthly journal, but sailed for Africa, June 19, 1822, to take charge of a reinforcement for the colony of Liberia. Upon his arrival he found himself called upon to act as the supreme head of a small and disorganized community surrounded by enemies. In a short time be reanimated the spirit of the colonists, and restored their discipline. Three months after his arrival, by the aid of some fortifications he had constructed, and his own extraordinary bravery and conduct, they repelled a surprise from a party of 800 savages, and defeated them entirely a few days later. "When obliged by ill health to abandon the country, March 26, 1828, he left a community of 1,200 freemen.

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