Prime, Nathaniel Scudder, Dd
Prime, Nathaniel Scudder, D.D.
an American divine, was born at Huntington. L. I., April 21, 1785, and educated at Princeton, where he graduated in 1804. He was licensed to preach in the following year in the Presbyterian Church, and was subsequently stationed at Sag Harbor, Freshpond, Smithtown, Cambridge, New York, and other places. He also acted as principal of literary institutions at Cambridge, Sing Sing, and Newburgh, and gained distinction as a teacher. He died suddenly at Mamaroneck, N. J., March 27,1856. Dr. Prime published three single Sermons (1811, 1817, 1825), an Address (1815), and a Charge to the Rev. Samuel Irenaeus Prime (1837), many statistical and other articles in periodicals, and the two following works, Familiar Illustration of Christian Baptism (1818.12mo), in which lie defends infant baptism: — A History of Long Island from its first Settlement by the Europeans to the Year 1845 (N.Y. and Pittsburgh, 1845, 12mo). "He had a mind of uncommon force and discrimination, a noble and generous spirit, simple and engaging manners, an invincible firmness in adhering to his own convictions, an earnest devotion to the best interests of his fellowmen, an excellent talent for the pulpit, great tact at public business, and a remarkably graceful facility at mingling in a deliberative body."—Sprague. Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, 3, 32: Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.