Cleghorn, Elisha Burnham

Cleghorn, Elisha Burnham., a Presbyterian minister, was born at De Kalb, St. Lawrence Co., N.Y., Sept. 27, 1812. He received his preparatory education at Potsdlam Academy, and afterwards at Ogdensburg, under, professor Taylor Leavis; studied in the Oneida Institute (1833-35), but never graduated from any college; taught (1835-41) partly in St. Lawrence County, and partly at Frederickstown, Mo.; afterwards was engaged (1841-50) in mercantile life. He then studied at Princeton Seminary two years, after spending one year in study before matriculation; was licensed by the Presbytery of Philadelphia, July 7, 1852; labored as agent of the American Colonization Society in the southwest from 1853 to 1855; was ordained by the Presbytery of Baltimore, June 3, 1856; was pastor of the Island Church in Washington, D. C., until 1858; agent of the Southwestern Bible Society, and associate editor of The True Witness, at New Orleans, until 1861; superintendent of the Presbyterian Publication House in New Orleans, until 1866; missionary in New York city from 1867 to 1872; in the book business in Cincinnati the following year an evangelist in :Philadelphia and Vicinity to 1875; an evangelist in New York City and vicinity for three years; stated supply at Conklingville and Day churches, N.Y., in 1878 and 1879, and after that resided in Philadelphia until his death, Dec. 14, 1881. See Necrol. Report of Princeton Theol. Sem. 1882, p. 49; Presbyterian, Dec. 24, 1881.

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