Beach, David Nelson, 1894-

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David Nelson Beach, Jr. was a clergyman in New England and Minnesota, including at First Church of Christ (Center Church) in New Haven from 1943 to 1960. He served on the Connecticut Civil Rights Commission from 1948 to 1960 and played an influential role in the denominational merger that created the United Church of Christ in 1957.

From the description of David Nelson Beach, Jr. papers, 1898-1989 (inclusive), 1916-1960 (bulk). (Yale University). WorldCat record id: 702152605

  • 1894 Jun 17: Born in Cambridge, MA, son of Lillian Tappan Beach and David Nelson Beach, who was minister of Prospect Street Church, Cambridge, and later President of Bangor Theological Seminary
  • 1912: Graduated from Phillips Academy
  • 1916: B.A., Yale College, Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1916 - 17, 1919 : Study at Bangor Theological Seminary, before and after YMCA service in France; received B.D. from Bangor in 1927
  • 1917 Jul 22: Married Marguerite Mills, who became the mother of their five children
  • 1918: American Expeditionary Force, YMCA service in France
  • 1918 - 1919 : Ordained for chaplaincy; post-war service as YMCA Secretary at Boston University and University of Maine
  • 1919 - 1920 : Student minister, Congregational Church in Millinocket, ME
  • 1920 - 1924 : Minister, First Church, Guilford, CT
  • 1922: Finished seminary work, received B.D., Yale Divinity School
  • 1924 - 1927 : Minister, Park Place Congregational Church, Pawtucket, RI
  • 1927 - 1932 : Minister, Payson Park Church, Belmont, MA
  • 1932 - 1936 : Minister, First Church, Springfield, MA
  • 1933: D.D., American International College
  • 1936 - 1943 : Minister, Plymouth Church, Minneapolis, MN
  • 1943 - 1960 : Minister, First Church of Christ (Center Church), New Haven. While in New Haven he was chaplain of the Revolutionary Second Company Governor's Footguard, first Chairman of the Human Relations Council, President of the Yale Divinity School Alumni Council
  • 1948 - 1960 : Member of the Connecticut Civil Rights Commission (formerly know as Inter-Racial Commission); Chairman of Commission 1954-1955
  • 1959: Chairman of General Council Commission on Interchurch Relations and Christian Unity
  • 1959 - 1960 : Moderator of General Association of Connecticut and the New Haven Association
  • 1960 - 1964 : Minister, West Dennis Community Church, Cape Cod
  • 1964 - 1976 : Part-time pastorate at Short Beach Community Church, Branford, CT
  • 1990 Jun 25: Died

From the guide to the David Nelson Beach, Jr. Papers, 1862-1989, (Yale University Divinity School Library)

  • 1894 Jun 17: Born in Cambridge, MA, son of Lillian Tappan Beach and David Nelson Beach, who was minister of Prospect Street Church, Cambridge, and later President of Bangor Theological Seminary
  • 1912: Graduated from Phillips Academy
  • 1916: B.A., Yale College, Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1916 - 17, 1919 : Study at Bangor Theological Seminary, before and after YMCA service in France; received B.D. from Bangor in 1927
  • 1917 Jul 22: Married Marguerite Mills, who became the mother of their five children
  • 1918: American Expeditionary Force, YMCA service in France
  • 1918 - 1919 : Ordained for chaplaincy; post-war service as YMCA Secretary at Boston University and University of Maine
  • 1919 - 1920 : Student minister, Congregational Church in Millinocket, ME
  • 1920 - 1924 : Minister, First Church, Guilford, CT
  • 1922: Finished seminary work, received B.D., Yale Divinity School
  • 1924 - 1927 : Minister, Park Place Congregational Church, Pawtucket, RI
  • 1927 - 1932 : Minister, Payson Park Church, Belmont, MA
  • 1932 - 1936 : Minister, First Church, Springfield, MA
  • 1933: D.D., American International College
  • 1936 - 1943 : Minister, Plymouth Church, Minneapolis, MN
  • 1943 - 1960 : Minister, First Church of Christ (Center Church), New Haven. While in New Haven he was chaplain of the Revolutionary Second Company Governor's Footguard, first Chairman of the Human Relations Council, President of the Yale Divinity School Alumni Council
  • 1948 - 1960 : Member of the Connecticut Civil Rights Commission (formerly know as Inter-Racial Commission); Chairman of Commission 1954-1955
  • 1959: Chairman of General Council Commission on Interchurch Relations and Christian Unity
  • 1959 - 1960 : Moderator of General Association of Connecticut and the New Haven Association
  • 1960 - 1964 : Minister, West Dennis Community Church, Cape Cod
  • 1964 - 1976 : Part-time pastorate at Short Beach Community Church, Branford, CT
  • 1990 Jun 25: Died

From the guide to the David Nelson Beach, Jr. Papers, 1862-1989, (Yale University Divinity School Library)

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referencedIn Chapman, Herman Haupt, 1874-1963. Herman Haupt Chapman papers, 1881-1963 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf David Nelson Beach, Jr. Papers, 1862-1989 Yake University Divinity School Library
referencedIn Herman Haupt Chapman papers, 1881-1963 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Beach, David Nelson, 1894-. David Nelson Beach, Jr. papers, 1898-1989 (inclusive), 1916-1960 (bulk). Yake University Divinity School Library
referencedIn Chapman, Herman Haupt, 1874-1963. Herman Haupt Chapman papers, 1881-1963 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf David Nelson Beach, Jr. Papers, 1862-1989 Yake University Divinity School Library
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Congregational churches
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