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1807, Aug 171844, Apr 24
the first American missionary to Persia. He was born at Marshall, N. Y., studied medicine at Pittsfield, Mass., and practiced in Utica, N. Y. In 1835 he went as a missionary with the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to Persia, settled at Urmia and worked among the Nestorians there and elsewhere in the Mid East. He died in Mosul, Turkey. He was a daring adventurer throughout the Middle East, but had little success in converting the fierce Nestorians. Like David Livingstone before him (although not as famous), Grant thrilled western audiences with his adventures and inspired a number of biographies.
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