Prime, Samuel Irenaeus, Dd
Prime, Samuel Irenaeus, D.D.
an eminent Presbyterian divine, son of Dr. N.S. Prime, was born at Ballston, Saratoga County, N.Y., November 4, 1812. He graduated from Williams College in 1829, and from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1835; was ordained the same year as pastor at Ballston Spa, in 1837 assumed the same relation at Matteawan, but on account of failing health resigned in 1810, and became editor of the New York Observer; in 1841 one of the secretaries of the American Bible Society; in 1849 editor of the Presbyterian, but the next year resumed the editorship of the Observer, with which he remained connected until, his death, July 18, 1885. Dr. Prime was a fine scholar, a genial Christian, and a facile writer. Besides numerous anonymous works, he published many popular writings, the chief of which are enumerated in Allibone's Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v., the most important being travels and biographies, and several volumes on prayer.