Engles, William Morrison, Dd
Engles, William Morrison, D.D
a Presbyterian minister, was born in Philadelphia October 12, 1797, and was educated at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated A.B. in 1815. After studying theology under the Reverend Dr. S.B. Wylie (q.v.), he was licensed to preach in 1818, and in 1820 became pastor of the Seventh Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, which office he filled faithfully until his health failed in 1834, when he became editor of The
Presbyterian. He edited that journal for over thirty years. In 1838 the Presbyterian Board of Publication made him their editor of books and tracts, and he continued in that work with great success till 1863. In one of their publications, it is stated that "the Board of Publication is probably more largely indebted to Dr. Engles than to any other one man for its existence and its usefulness, especially during the first twenty years of its history." Besides his constant editorial work, he wrote a number of small books on practical religion, many of which had a wide circulation. Of one of them, the Soldier's Pocket-book, in English and German, 300,000 were circulated among our soldiers during the civil war. He died in Philadelphia November 27, 1867. — American Annual Cyclopeadia, 7:296.