FISK, PLINY: American Congregationalist, missionary in Syria; b. at Shelburne, Mass., June 24, 1792; d. at Beirut, Syria, Oct. 23, 1825. He was graduated from Middlebury College in 1814 and Andover Theological Seminary in 1818, and with Levi Parsons (q.v.) was appointed by the American Board to the Palestine mission in Sept., 1818. After traveling in the South for a year, raising funds for the cause of missions, he sailed from Boston for Smyrna on Nov. 3, 1819, accompanied by Parsons. During the next five years he traveled extensively in Greece, Egypt, Palestine, and Syria, learning languages, particularly Greek and Arabic, and distributing tracts and Bibles. In May, 1825, he joined the mission at Beirut. He preached in Italian, French, Greek, and Arabic, published a number of papers in the Missionary Herald, and on the day before his death completed an English-Arabic dictionary.