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Andover, a town of Massachusetts, on the Merrimac River. It is chiefly known by its educational institutions. It is the seat of Phillips Academy, founded in 1780 as a school for preparing boys for college. This school has a large endowment and is well fitted in every way for carrying on its work. Here, also in 1808, under the same trustees, was founded Andover Theological Seminary, (recently removed to Harvard University), which has sent forth 3,000 Congregational ministers. It has a library of 50,000 volumes. Among its buildings stands the house in which Elizabeth Stuart Phelps wrote Gates Ajar. Andover is also the seat of the Abbot Female Seminary. Population, 7,301.