Hatfield, Edwin Francis, Dd

Hatfield, Edwin Francis, D.D.

an eminent Presbyterian minister, was born at Elizabethtown, N.J., January 9, 1807. He graduated from Middlebury College in 1829, spent two years at Andover Theological Seminary, was ordained pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church at St. Louis in 1832, in 1835 accepted a call from. the Seventh Presbyterian Church, New York city, and remained its pastor for twenty-one years, enjoying a continuous season of revival, and receiving to its membership one thousand five hundred and fifty-six persons. A colony from this church, in 1856, organized a new church in the tipper part of the city, and Dr. Hatfield became its pastor. He remained at this post until his health failed, and resigned in 1863. When he recovered his health he was appointed financial agent of the Union Theological Seminary, and afterwards acted as secretary of the Home Missionary Society. He died at Summit, N.J., September 22, 1883. From 1846 he was stated clerk of the General Assembly, an office for which he was peculiarly fitted by his methodical habits and extensive acquaintance with the history of the Church. He was elected in 1883 moderator of the General Assembly, and performed the duties of that office with great ability. He prepared the year- book of the New York Observer during the time of its publication. Among his published works are, Universalism as it Is (1841): — Memoir of Elihu W. Baldwin (1843): — St. Helena and the Cape of Good Hope (1852): — The History of Elizabeth, N.J. (1868): — The Church Hymn-book, with Tunes (1872): — The Chapel Hymn-book (1873). He spent much time and labor in preparing for publication the Minutes of the General Assembly. See N.Y. Observer, September 27, 1883. (W.P.S.)

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