Perrine, Matthew La Rue, Dd
Perrine, Matthew La Rue, D.D.
a Presbyterian minister, was born at Freehold. Monmouth County, N. J, May 4 1777. He entered the College of New Jersey in 1794, graduated in 1797, and was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of New Brunswick Sept. 18,1799. In May, 1800, he was appointed a missionary; on June 24 following he was ordained as an evangelist, and on June 15, 1802, he was installed pastor of the Church at what was then called Bottle Hill, but is now Madison, N. J. After some other changes he was finally installed pastor of the Spring Street Church, New York City, Oct. 31, 1811, which situation he filled until July 26, 1820, when the connection was dissolved at his request. In 1821 he was elected professor of ecclesiastical history and Church polity in the theological seminary at Auburn, and filled that station until his death, Feb. 11, 1836, acting also for two years as professor of theology, and frequently preaching in the chapel of the seminary and in the churches of the neighborhood. Dr. Perrine published, Letters concerning the Plan of Salvation (N. Y. 1816): — Sermon before a Female Missionary Society in New York (1817): — and an Abstract of Biblical Geography (Auburn, 1835). See Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, 4:237 sq.