Simpson, Matthew, 1811-1884

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Methodist clergyman, educator, editor, and orator.

From the description of Papers of Matthew Simpson, 1829-1929 (bulk 1833-1884). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79449051

American Bishop.

From the description of Autograph signature clipped from a letter : Philadelphia, 1878 Nov. 8. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270664558

Biographical Note

  • 1811, June 21: Born, Cadiz, Ohio
  • 1829: Attended Madison College, Unionville, Pa.
  • 1833: Qualified as medical practitioner Admitted to the ministry on trial
  • 1834: Honorary M.A., Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa. Minister, Cadiz and St. Clairsville, Ohio
  • 1834 - 1835 : Minister, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • 1835: Married Ellen Holmes Verner
  • 1836: Fully qualified as minister
  • 1836 - 1837 : Minster, Williamsport, Pa.
  • 1837 - 1839 : Vice president and professor of natural science, Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa.
  • 1839 - 1848 : President, Indiana Asbury University (now DePauw University), Greencastle, Ind.
  • 1841: Honorary D.D., Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn.
  • 1844: Member, Methodist General Conference, New York, N.Y.
  • 1848 - 1852 : Editor, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1852 - 1884 : Bishop, Methodist Episcopal Church
  • 1857: Delegate, British Wesleyan Conference, Liverpool, England Attended Conference of Evangelical Alliance, Berlin, Germany
  • 1861 - 1865 : Pro-Union public speaker during Civil War
  • 1865: Delivered eulogy at burial of Abraham Lincoln, Springfield, Ill.
  • 1878: Lectured on preaching, Yale University, New Haven, Conn. Edited Cyclopaedia of Methodism. Philadelphia: Everts & Stewart
  • 1881: Delivered opening sermon, Ecumenical Methodist Conference, London, England, and gave address at memorial service for President James Garfield, Exeter Hall, London, England
  • 1884, June 18: Died, Philadelphia, Pa.

From the guide to the Matthew Simpson Papers, 1829-1927, (bulk 1833-1884), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Simpson, Matthew, 1811-1884. Endorsement of New American Cyclopedia published by D. Appleton and Co., 1858-1863, [ca. 1863]. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Simpson, Matthew, 1811-1884. Letter, March 4, 1869. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Brewster, Benjamin Harris, 1816-1888. Letter : [Philadelphia], to Matthew Simpson, n.p., 1871 July 29. Texas Christian University
referencedIn American Freedmen's Aid Commission. American Freedmen's Aid Commission Board of Managers minutes, 1865-1866. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Stanton, Edwin McMasters, 1814-1869. Letter : Washington, D.C., to [Matthew Simpson], Philadelphia, 1864 Apr. 8. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Dodd, Moses Woodruff, 1813-1899. Letter : New York, to Rev. Dr. [P.D.] Gurley, [18]65 May 16. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
creatorOf Simpson, Matthew, 1811-1884. Papers of Matthew Simpson, 1829-1929 (bulk 1833-1884). Library of Congress
creatorOf Simpson, Matthew, 1811-1884. Autograph signature clipped from a letter : Philadelphia, 1878 Nov. 8. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Matthew Simpson Papers, 1829-1927, (bulk 1833-1884) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Indiana History mss., 1725-1973 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Stanton, Edwin McMasters, 1814-1869. Letter : Washington, D.C., to [Matthew Simpson], Philadelphia, 1864 Apr. 8. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Davis, David, 1815-1886. Speech: [Bloomington, Ill.], 1884 June 22. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith American Freedmen's Aid Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Ames, Edward Raymond, 1806-1879. person
associatedWith Blair, Montgomery, 1813-1883. person
associatedWith Brewster, Benjamin Harris, 1816-1888 person
associatedWith Davis, David, 1815-1886. person
associatedWith DePauw University corporateBody
associatedWith Dodd, Moses Woodruff, 1813-1899. person
associatedWith Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885. person
associatedWith Harlan, James, 1820-1899. person
associatedWith Indiana Asbury University (Greencastle, Ind.) corporateBody
associatedWith Janes, Edmund Storer, 1807-1876. person
associatedWith Methodist Episcopal Church corporateBody
associatedWith Morris, Thomas A. (Thomas Asbury), 1794-1874. person
associatedWith New American Cyclopedia. corporateBody
correspondedWith Simpson family family
associatedWith Stanton, Edwin McMasters, 1814-1869. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Cincinnati (Ohio)
United States
Cincinnati (Ohio)
Slavery and the church--United States
American periodicals
Universities and colleges
Circuit riders
Universities and colleges--Indiana--Greencastle
Methodist Episcopal Church--History--19th century
Slavery--United States
Methodist Episcopal Church--Bishops
Religion and science
Methodist Episcopal Church
Methodist Episcopal Church--Periodicals


Birth 1811-06-21

Death 1884-06-18





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