Peters, Absalom, Dd

Peters, Absalom, D.D.

a Congregational minister, was born at Wentworth, N.H., September 19, 1793, and was educated at Dartmouth College, class of 1816, and for the ministry at Princetoll Seminary, class of 1819. He was the son of general Absalom Peters, a descendant of William, of Boston, brother of the noted Hugh Peters. In 1819 he was made a missionary in Northern New York, but in the following year became pastor of the First Church, Bennington, Vermont, where he remained until December 14, 1825. After this he was successively secretary of the Home Missionary Society until 1837, and editor of the Home Missionary and Pastor's Journal; and in 1838 began to edit the American Biblical Repository. He was professor of pastoral theology and homiletics in the Union Theological Seminary, New York, from 1842 to 1844, and pastor of the First Church, Williamstown, Mass., from 1844 to 1857. Here he originated and edited the American Eclectic

and the American Journal of Education, which was afterwards merged in that of Dr. Henry Barnard. When past seventy he published a volume of poems. He died at New York May 18, 1869. During his long life he was never ill. He is the author of A Plea for Voluntary Societies: Sprinkling the Only Mode of Baptism, etc.: — Sermon against Horse-racing (1822): — Sacred Miusic (1823): — Colleges, Religious Institutions (1851).

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