Clark, Perkins Kirkland

Clark, Perkins Kirkland, a Congregational minister; was born at Westfield, Mass., Dec. 8, 1811. After graduation at Yale College in 1838, he spent a year or more in Savannah, Ga., as a teacher, and in 1840 entered the theological seminary at Andover, Mass. In 1841 he transferred himself to the Yale Divinity School, where he finished the course in 1843. From 1842 till 1845 he was tutor in Yale College. The next year he taught in the normal school in Westfield, Mass., and resigned this position to engage in the work of the ministry, having been licensed to preach in August, 1842, by the Hampden Association. He supplied the pulpit of the Congregational Church in Chester village (now Huntington) from his ordination, Aug. 26, 1846, until 1852. He then accepted a call to Hinsdale, where he was installed over the Congregational Church, June 16, 1852. He resigned this charge Oct. 2, 1855, on account of ill-health. Having partially recovered, he began, in May, 1856, to supply the First Church in South Deerfield, where he remained until Sept. 26, 1865. He was installed over the Congregational Church in West Springfield, Jan. 16, 1866, and was dismissed from this charge April 18, 1871, to accept a 'call to the First Church in Charlemont. He died Jan. 4, 1872. See Obituary Record of Yale College, 1872.

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