Mills, Thornton A, Dd

Mills, Thornton A., D.D.

a Presbyterian divine, was born in Paris, Kentucky, September 1810. He early enjoyed excellent educational advantages; graduated at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1830; studied theology for a short time in Lane Theological Seminary. and afterwards privately, and was licensed in 1833. He labored for some time in Frankfort, Kentucky, and in 1836 was installed pastor of the Third Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati. In 1848 he purchased The Watchman of the Valley, and continued to edit that paper, first under the name of Central Watchman, and later of Central Christian. Herald, until January, 1853, when it was bought by the synods of Ohio, Indiana, Cincinnati, and Wabash. During 1853 he was secretary and general agent for the Church Erection Committee; in 1854 accepted a call to the Second Church, in Indianapolis; in 1856 was chosen as general secretary of the Permanent Committee of the General Assembly on Education for the Ministry, to which work he devoted the remainder of his life. He died June 21, 1867. Dr. Mills was a man of firm grasp of mind, clear and positive views of truth, and indomitable energy and perseverance. See Wilson, Presb. Hist. Almanac, 1868, page 220; Meth. Qu. Rev. January 1872, page 27. (J.L.S.)

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