Backus, Jay S, Dd
Backus, Jay S., D.D.
a Baptist minister, was born in Washington- County, N. Y., Feb. 17, 1810. After pursuing a partial course of study at Madison University, he was ordained as pastor of the Church in Groton, N. Y., where he had :a successful ministry. He rendered great service during this period to his brethren in the ministry as an evangelist, preaching for them in times of special religious interest. His other pastorates were in Auburn, N. Y., in two churches in the city of New York, and in Syracuse. For some years he was associated with Dr. Pharcellus Church as editor of the New York Chronicle, now The Examiner. In 1862 he was chosen secretary of the American Baptist Home Mission Society, a position which with great credit and usefulness he filled for many-years. He died at Groton, July 3, 1879. See Baptist Encyclopedia; p.54. (J. C.S.)