Knox, Hugh, Dd
Knox, Hugh, D.D.
a Presbyterian minister, was born in Ireland, and came to America in 1751. He spent several years in teaching, leading a somewhat dissipated life; but he shook off his follies and entered Nassau Hall, and graduated in 1754. He. studied divinity with president Burr. At his ordination, preparatory to his accepting a call to the island of Saba, the New York Presbytery was so much pleased with his trial sermon on the Dignity and Importance of the Gospel Ministry, that they unanimously requested it for publication. A
sermon preached by him, On the Sinner's Faultiness and Inability, was published by bishop Hobart in 1808, and became the subject of much controversy on the distinction between natural and moral inability. The Presbytery corresponded with him yearly through Dr. Rodgers, and expressed regret on hearing after the Revolution of the declining condition of his flock. The celebrated Alexander Hamilton, in early boyhood, was placed under the instruction of Dr. Knox. He published two volumes of sermons on; interesting subjects, at Glasgow, in 1772. He spent the closing years of his life at St. Croix, and died there in October 1790. See Webster, Hist. of the Presb. Church in America. (W.P.S.)