Stockton, Joseph

Stockton, Joseph, a Presbyterian minister, was born near Chambersburg, Pa., Feb. 25, 1779; pursued his classical course at Canonsburg, where he was subsequently a teacher; studied theology privately; was licensed by the Presbytery of Ohio in June 1799; and ordained and installed pastor of the churches of Meadville and Sugar Creek, June 24, 1801, where he continued till 1810, is when he resigned. On leaving Meadville he became principal of the Pittsburgh Academy, which was afterwards merged in the "Western University of Pennsylvania." Here he preached as well as taught, and, among other important services which he rendered, founded the Presbyterian Church in Allegheny. From 1820 to 1829 his labors were equally divided between the churches of Pine Creek and Allegheny; but from 1829 till his death, Oct. 29, 1832, he preached the whole time at Pine Greek. Mr. Stockton was the author of the Western Spelling book and the

Western Calculator. See Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, 4, 243, note. (J.L.S.)

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