Bertron Samuel Reading
Bertron Samuel Reading a Presbyterian minister, was born in Philadelphia, Dec. 17, 1806. He was prepared for college in Philadelphia; graduated from the College of New Jersey in 1828, and entered Princeton Seminary the same year, where he remained two years and a half, not completing his course because of ill- health. He was licensed by the Presbytery of Philadelphia, Oct. 20, 1830, and ordained by the same Presbytery, April 22, 1831, as an evangelist. For about two years (1831-33) he labored as supply on Second street below Catharine street, Philadelphia. Next he accepted an agency for the American Sunday School Union, and went to Mississippi. He did not continue this long, but began preaching at Pinckneyville, teaching meanwhile at Brandon Academy, then a very popnular institution. He was never an installed pastor. In the spring of 1834 he became a resident of Port Gibson, Miss. Mr. Bertron took a lively interest in establishing Chamberlain Hunt College, in Port Gibson, and was elected its president. He died Oct. 7, 1878. See Necrological Report of Princeton Theological Seminary, 1879, p. 27.