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REV. JOHN D. PIERCE

BY DR. O. C. COMSTOCK.
June 8, 1882

The biography of a man who has been before the public for half a century, and has been all the time most laboriously engaged in developing the possibilities of the human heart and mind, seems to be superfluous to his compeers, and indeed is; for the man and his work is known and read of all men. But in the flight of time, and the introduction of new men and new measures upon another and remote theater, the present actors may be less favorably known and associated with the great achievements which, to us, at this standpoint, seems most inspiring and important. The Michigan State Pioneer Society would rescue from misrepresentation and forgetfulness the men who braved the privations and perils of this then wilderness, and were successful in laying the broad and deep foundations upon which in the lifetime of many of them, have been erected institutions of religion, learning, and charities which have been models of the older States, and justly the pride of our own. In the. preparation of the memoir of Rev. John D. Pierce, as requested by the thoughtful and efficient President of the Society, I have been greatly assisted by the numerous statements which have appeared in the newspapers of the State and in the published reminiscences of his friends. The task (if task it may be called) of preparing this memoir is a grateful one, and as a labor of love. Would that I were able to do justice to the man and the subject. John Davis Pierce was born in Chesterfield, New Hampshire, February 18, 1797. Prom the age of two years to twenty he lived with a paternal uncle in Worcester, Mass., and was employed upon the farm, where was developed the muscular strength and energy which carried him forward without a break for more than 75 years.

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