Abercrombie, James D.D., an Episcopal divine and accomplished scholar, was born in Philadelphia in 1758, and graduated at the University of Pennsylvania, 1776. He then studied theology, but, on account of an injury to his eyes, he entered into mercantile pursuits in 1783. In 1793 he was ordained, and became associate pastor of Christ Church in 1794. From 1810 to 1819 he was principal of the "Philadelphia Academy." In 1883 he retired on a pension, and died at Philadelphia, June 26,1841, the oldest preacher of that Church in the city. He was distinguished as well for eloquence and liberality as for learning. He wrote Lectures on the Catechism (1807), and published a number of occasional sermons. — Sprague, Annals, v. 394.