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Parker, Peter
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( Jun 18, 1804, Framingham, MA – Jan 10, 1888, Washington, DC), eminent American missionary and physician, who also served from 1855 to 1857 as official representative of the United States in China. After studying theology and medicine at Yale in New Haven, he became a Presbyterian minister; in 1834 the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions sent him to China. In 1835 he opened a hospital in Canton (Guangzhou), which met with unexpected popularity among the Chinese and thus came to play a key role in missionary strategy.…

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Grundmann, Christoffer H., “Parker, Peter”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024368>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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