Osgood, Samuel (2), Dd, Lld
Osgood, Samuel (2), D.D., LL.D.
a Protestant Episcopal clergyman, was born at Charlestown, Mass., Aug. 30, 1812. He graduated from Harvard College in 1832, and entered the Unitarian ministry in 1835. In 4837 he was settled over a church in Nashua, N.H. Previous to this he had been the editor, with James Freeman Clarke, of The Western Messenger, at Louisville, Kentucky, a periodical which for a time maintained a high literary rank. In 1841 he became pastor of the Westminster Church. From 1849 to 1869 he was pastor of the Church of the Messiah in New York city. From 1850 to 1854 he was one of the editors of The Christian Enquirer, a Unitarian journal published in that city. Having resigned his charge, he travelled abroad for seven months. Returning to New York, he entered the ministry of the Protestant Episcopal Church in 1869. He died in New York city, April 14, 1880. Dr. Osgood's contributions to different magazines, reviews, and newspapers were of a high order; the same is true of the occasional orations, lectures, and addresses which he delivered from time to time. He was a very versatile student, although perhaps his strong point was that of theology and Christian morals; an excellent German scholar, and familiar with all the great German theologians; also fond of historical researches, and a prominent member of the New York Historical Society, of which for a long time he was home corresponding secretary. But although of studious habits, he always took a warm interest in current public events, as a public- spirited citizen, ever ready to cooperate in the advancement of any scheme for promoting literature or art. His last public work was the reading of his paper before the Historical Society on Channing's Place in American History. Much of Dr. Osgood's literary work, scattered through periodicals or printed in a pamphlet form, it is impossible here to catalogue. He published, among other works of greater or less importance, translations from Olshausen and De Wette, The History of Passion (1839), and Human Life (1842). Among his original works are, Studies in Christian Biography (1851): — The Hearthstone (1854): — God with Men; or, Footprints of Providential Leaders (eod.):Milestones in our Life Journey (1855): — The Holy Gospels, illustrated by Overbeck (1856): — Student Life (1860): — American Leaves (1867). Among his principal addresses before the New York Historical Society was one upon Thomas Crawford and Art in America, in 1875. He also delivered a discourse before the society on its sixty-second anniversary, November 20, 1866. Many of his essays will be found in The International Review, The North American Review, The Bibliotheca Sacra, Harper's Monthly Magazine, and other periodicals. It is stated that he left unfinished a work entitled The Renaissance of Art in America, which was to include his papers upon Bryant and Channing.