Beecher, Lyman, 1775-1863!

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Birth 1775-10-12
Death 1863-01-10

Biographical notes:

American preacher and revivalist; also famous as reformer, educator, and central figure in theological controversies; b. in New Haven, Conn.; in 1799 ordained as pastor of the Presbyterian Church in East Hampton, N.Y.; in 1810 accepted the pulpit of the First Congregational Church of Litchfield, Conn., where he attracted large crowds. In 1826 became pastor of the Hanover Street Church in Boston where his reputation for defending orthodoxy against Unitarianism became widespread. During his years in Boston edited a monthly the Spirit of the Pilgrims; in 1832 moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where became president and professor of theology of the Lane Theological Seminary and until 1843 also served as pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church. He remained at Lane until 1850 and then moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., where he died in 1863.

From the description of Lyman Beecher papers, 1816-1825. (Litchfield Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 706495898

American clergyman.

From the description of Papers, 1838. (Brigham Young University). WorldCat record id: 51605013

Clergyman, abolitionist, president of Lane Seminary.

From the description of Letter to unknown recipient [manuscript], 1851 July 8. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647806014


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  • Presbyterian Church--Sermons
  • Clergy--Finance, Personal
  • Congregational churches--Clergy
  • Ordination sermons
  • Sermons, American
  • Authors, American--19th century--Portraits
  • Marriage


  • Clergy--Connecticut--Litchfield


  • Connecticut--Litchfield (as recorded)
  • Litchfield (Conn.) (as recorded)