Biographies

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Willis Green Craig was born on September 24, 1834, on his father’s estate named Waveland near Danville, Kentucky. The infant boy was named for his mother’s father, Willis Green, who moved to Kentucky from Virginia in 1783 and was actively involved as a Jeffersonian in the national and state political issues of the day. Baby […]

James Waddell Alexander was born to Archibald and Janetta Waddell Alexander in Louisa County, Virginia, on March 13, 1804. The infant had been named for Janetta’s father, James Waddell, D.D., who had ministered in the Shenandoah Valley many years and was known as “The Blind Preacher of Virginia.” Young Alexander graduated the College of New […]

Henry Augustus was born to John and Clarinda (Starbuck) Boardman in the city of Troy on the Hudson River in New York, January 9, 1808. John was a merchant in Troy who had partnered with another man to form Hillhouse and Boardman. The business was successful and the Boardmans prospered, which would prove beneficial when […]

James Adair was born to Ezekiel L. and Mary Adair Lyon near Jonesboro in Washington County, Tennessee, April 19, 1814. He became a communing member of the Jonesboro Presbyterian Church when he professed his faith in Christ in 1831. His college education was completed in 1832 at Washington College in Tennessee; he then moved to […]

Cyrus H. McCormick, 1809-1884

December 20th, 2013, at 12:00 am

This biography is not about a minister, but instead tells the story of a Presbyterian layman who was an inventor, industrialist, and Christian who gave generously to the work of his denomination. His life began on the farm as did so many of the lives of antebellum entrepreneurs . Cyrus’s father, Robert, was born at Walnut Grove, Rockbridge […]

William Swan was born to William and Catherine McAlester Plumer in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, July 26, 1802. He received his education at Washington College in Virginia, which was followed by divinity education at Princeton Seminary in New Jersey. New Brunswick Presbytery licensed him to preach in 1826, after which he was ordained by Orange Presbytery in […]

On January 25, 1767, the ship from Ireland bearing William Waddel, his wife, and five daughters made port in Charleston, South Carolina. William moved his family from the Low-Country to the hills of what is currently Iredell County (at that time a part of Rowan County), North Carolina, and settled near the waters of the […]

Andrew Hoffecker, Charles Hodge: The Pride of Princeton, American Reformed Biographies, Phillipsburg: P&R, 2011, 460 pages including index, select bibliography, and notes. Paperback. In the Princeton Cemetery of the Nassau Presbyterian Church the remains of Charles Hodge are interred beneath the memorial inscription—“Sacred / to the Memory of the / Rev. Charles Hodge D.D. LL.D […]

A review of Carl Trueman’s John Owen: Reformed Catholic, Renaissance Man, Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2007, 132 pages, including index. Dr. Carl R. Trueman, Professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, and the author of an earlier title on Owen, The Claims of Truth: John Owen’s Trinitarian Theology, 1998, continues his work with the sometimes […]