Mitchell, John a Congregational minister, editor, and author, was born at Chester, Connecticut, December 27, 1794; was educated at Yale College (class of 1821) and at Andover Theological Seminary; edited the Christian Spectator from 1824 to 1829; was then licensed to preach; in 1830 became pastor of the First Congregational Church in Fair Haven, Connecticut; and of the Edwards Church, Northampton, Massachusetts, in 1836. In 1842 he went abroad for his health, and after his return spent most of his remaining years at Stamford, Conn., engaged, as far as his strength allowed, in literary work. He died in April 1870. Mr. Mitchell published Principles and
Practice of the Congregational Churches of New England (Northampton, Mass., 1838, 16mo): — Notes from Over Sea (New York, 1844, 2 volumes, 8vo): — Letters to a Disbeliever in Revivals (32mo); and occasional sermons and contributions to periodicals and newspapers. See Sprague, Annals of the American Pulpit (see Index); Drake, Dict. of Amer. Biog. s.v.; Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.