Purviance, James, Dd

Purviance, James, DD.

a Presbyterian minister; was born at Baltimore, Maryland, February 19, 1807. He was educated at St. Mary's College and at the U.S. Academy at West Point, subsequently studied law, and graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1835. He was ordained an evangelist by the Presbytery of Louisiana in 1837; served one year thereafter as stated supply at Baton Rouge; at Carmel, Mississippi, in 1841, and pastor from 1846 to 1854. He was president of Oakland College from 1855 to 1860; resided at Carrollton, Louisiana, from 1861 to 1862; at Natchez, Mississippi, in infirm health, from 1863 to 1871, and died there, July 14 of the latter year. See Genesis Cat. of Princeton Theol. Sem. 1881, page 90; Nevin, Presbyterian Encyclop. s.v.

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