Brown, John Walker

Brown, John Walker a minister of the Protestant Episcopal Church, was born August 21, 1814, in Schenectady, N.Y. At the age of fourteen he entered Union College, and graduated in 1832 with distinguished honor. In the following year he entered the General Theological Seminary, and, having completed his course, was ordained deacon in 1836, and immediately began his ministry at Astoria, L.I.; serving at the same time as assistant to Reverend Dr. Lyell of Christ Church, New York city. He was ordained priest in 1838, and in May of that year he established the Astoria Female Institute, with which he was connected for seven years, when he became editor of the Protestant Churchman. A bronchial affection became so threatening in the latter part of 1848 that he took a voyage to Europe. His editorial correspondence while abroad is written in his graceful and vigorous style. He reached Malta about the middle of March, and died there, April 9, 1849. He was singularly modest, and was a writer of no ordinary ability. See Amer. Quar. Church Rev. 1849, page 445; Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, 5:739.

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