Hurd, Isaac, Dd

Hurd, Isaac, D.D.

a Unitarian and subsequently a Trinitarian minister, was born at Charlestown, Massachusetts, December 7, 1785. He graduated at Harvard College in 1806; completed his theological studies at Divinity Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland; and preached his first sermon in London. He was ordained pastor of the Unitarian Society in Lynn, Massachusetts, September 15, 1813, and was dismissed May 22, 1816. Although he had so far changed his sentiments as to become an avowed Trinitarian, he was called to be the pastor of the Second (Unitarian) Society in Exeter, N.H., and was installed, September 11, 1817. "Notwithstanding a conscientious difference of opinion on certain important points, he continued to enjoy the cordial respect and affection of his people." In his advanced years his society secured for him the services of colleague pastors. He died at South Reading (now Wakefield), at the residence of his son, October 4, 1856. See Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, 8:446; Necrology of Harvard College, page 116. (J.C.S.)

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