Backus, Samuel a Congregational minister, was born at Canterbury, Conn., Sept. 16, 1787. He prepared for college at Plainfield Academy, of which he was afterwards preceptor, and studied: at Union College (1811) and theology with Drs. Benedict and Yates. He was ordained pastor of the Church in North Woodstock, Conn., in 1815, where he remained till 1830. His next charge was Palmer, Mass., where he labored ten years He then went to Brooklyn, N. Y., and was employed as a city missionary while strength permitted. Here he died Nov. 27, 1862. Mr. Backus was a grandson of Rev. Isaac, Backus, author of History of the Baptists; and he himself published Sermons:-a tract on temperance:-and a little work entitled Prayer-meeting Assistant. See Cong. Quarterly, 1861, p. 353; 1863, p. 56.