Kirkpatrick, Jacob, Dd

Kirkpatrick, Jacob, D.D., a Presbyterian divine, was born near Baskingridge, N. J., August 7,1785; pursued his classical studies under the direction of the Rev. Robert Finley, D.D., and graduated at the College of New Jersey in 1804. After this he studied law three years, but in 1807 he decided definitely in favor of the ministry, and resumed his studies under John Woodhull, D.D., of Freehold, N. J. In August, 1809, he was licensed by the New Brunswick Presbytery, and was ordained and installed pastor of the United First Church of Amwell, Ringoes, N. J., June 20,1810, where he continued to labor for fifty-six years. He was one of the founders of the Hunterdon County Bible Society (1816), and also among the earliest and most energetic promoters of the temperance reformation in that county. He died at Ringoes, N. J., May 2,1866. Dr. Kirkpatrick was a man of a large and generous heart; his preaching was full of tenderness, pathos, and earnestness; his Christian character unassuming, and adorned with meekness and piety.-Wilson, Presb. Historical Almanac, 1867. (J. L. S.)

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