Aaron, Samuel

Aaron, Samuel a Baptist minister, was born in New Britain, Pa., Oct. 19, 1800. His ancestors were Welsh-Irish. His father dying when he was but six years of age, he was placed under the care of an uncle, working upon his farm for several years, and studying a few weeks in the winter. His later studies were pursued at the Doylestown Academy and at Burlington, N. J. Subsequently he became the principal of an academy; at Doylestown. His ordination occurred in 1829, at which time he became pastor of the Baptist Church in his native place. Here he remained not far from four years, and then removed to Burlington, where he became principal of the high-school, and at the same time, pastor of the Baptist Church. In 1841 he accepted a call to the pastorate of the Church in Norristown, Pa. In 1844 he established a literary institution of a high order in the vicinity of Norristown, which met with great success. In 1857, on. account of financial troubles caused by his endorsement of the paper of a friend, he was obliged to dispose of his school-buildings and give up the school. He then removed to Mount Holly, N. J., where he became pastor of the Church and was associated with his son in carrying on the Mount Holly Institute, which offices he sustained until his death, April 11, 1865. As an educator, Mr. Aaron acquired a good reputation, and he introduced many improvements into text-books used in schools. See Annual Cyclop. 5, 638. (J. C. S.)

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