Patton, William, Dd

Patton, William, D.D.

a Congregational and subsequently a Presbyterian minister, was born at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 23, 1798. He graduated from Middlebury College in 1818, attended Princeton Theological Seminary from 1819 to 1820, and in the latter year (June 8) was ordained an evangelist in Charlotte, Vermont. Having gathered a Presbyterian congregation in New York city, named the Central Presbyterian Church, he was installed pastor May 7, 1822, and remained in charge until September 15, 1834. The three years following he was secretary on the Presbyterian Education Society. From October 1837, to October 1847, he was pastor of the Spring Street Church, New York city, sand from 1848 to 1852 was pastor of the Hammond Street Congregational Church. During the next ten years he resided in New York without charge; then removed to New Haven, Conn., where, in 1863, he was acting-pastor of the College Street Church. Subsequently he resided at New Haven without charge, until his death, September 9, 1879. From 1864 Dr. Patton was one of the vice- presidents of the American Missionary Association. Besides important articles in various periodicals, he published, in 1833, a revised and enlarged edition of The Cottage Bible, in two volumes. The same year he published The Village Testament, and in 1859 the same work, revised, under the title of The Cottage Testament. His other works are, The Christian Psalmist (1836): — The Laws of Fermentation, etc. (1871): — The Judgment of Jerusalem (1877): — Jesus of Nazareth (1878): — Bible Principles Illustrated by Bible Characters (1879). He also issued editions of Edwards on Revivals and Finney on Revivals, besides a number of pamphlets. He was an ardent advocate of temperance and a powerful lecturer on that subject. He made fourteen voyages to Europe, at first for health, and afterwards as a delegate to various religious bodies. Dr. Patton was a clear, forcible, and copious writer, a bold and impressive speaker, valiant for the truth, an humble and devout Christian. See Necrol. Report of Princeton Theol. Sem. 1880, page 8; Cong. Year-book, 1880, page 25; Filial Tribute, by Dr. William W. Patton (Washington, 1880).

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