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Checkley, John  

(1680-Feb. 15, 1754). An avid defender of the Church of England in New England. He was born in Boston and educated at Oxford. In 1723 in Boston, he published a pamphlet entitled A Modest Proof of the Order and Government Settled by Christ and His Apostles, in the Church, which was a defense of episcopacy. In 1724 he and other laymen founded the Episcopal Charitable Society in Boston. In May 1738, he was ordained deacon and priest, probably by the Bishop of Exeter. He was rector of King's Church, Providence, Rhode Island, until his death. He served there as a missionary of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (SPG). 

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