Prentiss, Thomas, Dd
Prentiss, Thomas, D.D.
a Congregational minister, was born Oct. 27, 1747, at Holliston, Mass. He graduated at Harvard College in 1766, entered the ministry in 1769, and was ordained Oct. 30, 1770, pastor in Medfield, where he continued until his death, Feb. 28, 1814. During the Revolutionary struggle he was for a time chaplain in the army. He was also identified with different reform movements, and was a leader in temperance reform. He established a public library in the place of his pastorate, and greatly benefited the community in many ways. He published, A Sermon on the Duty of Offending and Offended Brethren (1773): Religion and Morality United in the Duty of Man, two sermons (1802): — Professed Christians Cautioned, and Evil Speakers Admonished, a sermon (1804): — The Sin and Danger of Strengthening the Hands of Evil-doers, a sermon (1805); and several occasional Sermons. Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, 1, 678.