Prime, Samuel Irenicus, Dd
Prime, Samuel Irenicus, D.D.
a noted Presbyterian minister, was born in Ballston, N.Y., November 4, 1812. He graduated from Williams College in 1829; taught for three years, and then entered Princeton Theological Seminary, but before the first year was completed he was attacked by a severe illness, and was never able to resume his studies. He was pastor at Ballston Spa, 1833-35; at Matteawan, 1837-40. Thereafter he was editor of the New York Observer; except in 1849, when he acted as secretary of the American Bible Society, and a few months in 1850, when he edited the Presbyterian. In 1853 he visited Europe, and again in 1866-67, and 1876-77. In 1867 he attended the fifth General Conference of the Evangelical Alliance at Amsterdam. On his return he was elected a corresponding secretary of the American Evangelical Alliance, which position he held until 1884. He was vice-
president and director of the American Tract Society, and of the American and Foreign Christian Union; president of the New York Association for the Advancement of Science and Art; a trustee of Williams College, and president and trustee of Wells College for Women; also a member of a large number of religious, benevolent, and literary societies. He died July 18, 1885. Dr. Prime was the author of over forty volumes, besides pamphlets, addresses, and scattered articles.