Rice, John Holt, Dd (2)

Rice, John Holt, D.D.

a Presbyterian minister, brother of the foregoing, was born July 23,1818, at Petersburg, Virginia. He graduated from the College of New Jersey in 1838, pursued the study of law for three years in Princeton, was admitted to the bar, and practiced for a time at Richmond, Virginia. He graduated from Princeton Seminary in 1845, and the same year was licensed by the New Brunswick Presbytery. For several months he assisted his father, who was at that time pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Princeton. Then going south, he labored a year in New Orleans, Louisiana, as city missionary. In 1847 he began to preach at Tallahassee, Florida. He next became pastor of the village church at Charlotte Court-House, Virginia, and was released in 1855. For a time he served as agent of the Presbyterian Board of Publication in Kentucky and Tennessee. In 1856 he was installed pastor of Walnut Street Church in Louisville, Kentucky, where he remained til. 1861. During the civil war he preached in the South, at Lake Providence, Louisiana, and Brandon and Vicksburg, Mississippi. In 1867 he went to Mobile, in 1869 to Franklin, Tennesee, and afterwards to Mason, till 1876. After this he labored as an evangelist, preaching to the poor and destitute. He died September 7,1878. After the division of the Presbyterian Church, in 1861, he adhered to the Southern General Assembly. Dr. Rice had a knowledge wide and varied; his sermons were often of a very high order. See Necrol. Report of Princeton Theol. Sem. 1879, page 49.

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