Stockton, Thomas Hewlings, Dd
Stockton, Thomas Hewlings, D.D., an eminent minister of the Methodist Protestant Church, was born at Mount Holly, N.J., June 4, 1808. When about eighteen years of age he was converted, and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. Soon after the Methodist Protestant Church was formed he united with it, and was placed on a circuit in 1829 by Rev. Nicholas Snethen. The following year he was stationed in Baltimore, and in 1833 in Georgetown; and was also elected chaplain to Congress, which position he held for three successive sessions. He resided in Philadelphia from 1838 to 1847, and built the church edifice at the corner of Eleventh and Wood Streets. From 1847 to 1850 he lived in Cincinnati. While residing in that city he was elected president of Miami University, but declined. He resided in Baltimore from 1850 to 1856, and was pastor of St. John's Methodist Protestant Church. From 1856 to 1868 he was pastor of the Independent Church, Philadelphia, but retained his personal connection with the Methodist Protestant Church. He was again chaplain to Congress in 1862, and died Oct. 9, 1868. Dr. Stockton was a man of great purity of life, of intellectual power, and was remarkable for his wonderful eloquence. He published, Sermons for the People (Pittsb. 1854, 12mo): — Stand up for Jesus, a Christian Ballad (Phila. 1858, 12 mo): — The Christian World, Book and Journal, and Bible Times, periodicals, etc. See Simpson, Cyclop. of Methodism, s.v.