Deems, Charles Force, Dd, Lld
Deems, Charles Force, D.D., LL.D.
an eminent Methodist minister and writer, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, December 4, 1820. After graduating from Dickinson College in 1839, he entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church, going with the southern section in 1844. He served as general agent of the American Bible Society for North Carolina, 1840-41; professor of logic and rhetoric in the University of North Carolina, 1842-45; of chemistry in Randolph-Macon College, 1845-46; president of Greensborough Female College, 1850-55; and from 1866 until his death, November 18, 1893, was pastor of the Church of the Strangers, New York city. He was editor of the Southern Methodist Pulpit (1846-51); The Annals of Southern Methodism (1849-52); The Sunday Magazine (1876-79), and Christian Thought (1883-93). He was the founder and president of the American Institute of Philosophy from 1881 until his death. He published about twenty volumes, among which were Poems and Sermons: — also Jesus; the Gospel of Spiritual Insight: — Weights and Wings: — My Septuagint: — The Gospel of Common-Sense, etc. Dr. Deems was a beautiful character as a Christian, a preacher, a friend, and an author.