Holcombe, Henry, Dd

Holcombe, Henry, D.D.

a Baptist minister, was born in Prince Edward Count, Va., Sept. 22,1762. His early education was limited. While yet a boy, he entered the Revolutionary army. In his twenty-second year he was licensed to preach by the Baptists; and in Sept. 1785, was ordained pastor of the church at Pike Creek, S. C. Some time after, he was appointed delegate to the Convention of South Carolina, held at Charleston, to ratify the Constitution of the United States. In 1791 he became pastor of the Baptist Church at Euhaw, preaching also at May River and St. Helena; but, the climate not agreeing with him, he removed to Beaufort. In 1799 he accepted a call to Savannah. Here he labored with great success, and was chiefly instrumental in organizing the Savannah Female Asylum (in 1801), at the same time conducting a Magazine, The Georgia Analytical Repository. He also took part in establishing Mount Euon Academy in 1804, and a Missionary Society in 1806. In 1810 he was made D.D. by Brown University, and in 1812 became pastor of the First Baptist Church in Philadelphia, where he labored with great acceptance until his death, May 22,1824. He published a number of occasional sermons, addresses, etc. — Sprague, Annals, 6, 215.

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