Sharp, Daniel, Dd

Sharp, Daniel, D.D., a Baptist preacher, was born at Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England, Dec. 25, 1783. He was the son of a Baptist preacher and received early religious training. He originally joined an Independent Church; but subsequently, as the result of inquiry and conviction, became a Baptist. Engaged in a large commercial house in Yorkshire, he came to the United States as their agent, arriving in New York Oct. 4, 1805. He soon decided to enter the ministry, and began his theological studies under Rev. Dr. Stoughton, of Philadelphia. He was set apart as pastor of the Baptist Church at Newark, N.J., May 17, 1809; and was publicly recognized as pastor of the Third Church, Boston, April 20, 1812. He became an active member of the Massachusetts Baptist Missionary Society; was for several years associate editor of the American Baptist Magazine; and upon the formation of the "Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in India," he, as its secretary, conducted the correspondence. For many years he was president of the acting board of the General Convention of the Baptist denomination; and in 1814 was one of the originators of an association which resulted in the Northern Baptist Education Society. He was closely identified with the origin of the Newton Theological Seminary, and was for eighteen years president of its board of trustees. In 1828 he was chosen a fellow of Brown University, and held the office till the close of his life. He received his degree of D.D. from Harvard University in 1828, of whose board of officers he was appointed a member in 1846. He died in Baltimore, June 23, 1852. Mr. Sharp published seventeen Sermons and Discourses (1824- 52): — also Recognition of Friends in Heaven (4 editions): — and a Tribute of Respect to Mr. Ensign Lincoln (1832). See Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, 6, 565.

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